Sojourners: The epic story of China’s centuries-old relationship with Australia by Eric Rolls

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December 1992, no. 147

Sojourners: The epic story of China’s centuries-old relationship with Australia by Eric Rolls

University of Queensland Press, $49.95 hb

Sojourners: The epic story of China’s centuries-old relationship with Australia by Eric Rolls

by
December 1992, no. 147

Mr Rolls has written an extraordinarily detailed history of the Chinese in Australia, interspersed with much additional related and unrelated matter. It is indeed a labour of love, written over a period of some twenty years, and the author has uncovered a large amount of fascinating and amazing information not readily available elsewhere. Much of this new material relates to the vibrant popular culture the Chinese brought with them: their food, cricket fighting, cock fighting, and other sorts of fairly harmless gambling; their diseases, living conditions and relations with their non-Chinese neighbours. A certain amount of the book concerns immigration acts and other forms of discrimination, of course, but the stronger impression one gets is a more positive one: the Chinese as hard workers and major contributors to Australian life.

Daniel Kane reviews 'Sojourners: The epic story of China’s centuries-old relationship with Australia' by Eric Rolls

Sojourners: The epic story of China’s centuries-old relationship with Australia

by Eric Rolls

University of Queensland Press, $49.95 hb

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