Author(s): GANTER Regina
This is a 'mixed relations' view of Australian history that breaks the bounds of narrow domesticity. The author looks at the interactions of indigenous people with Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, Malays and Afghans. Based on over 100 interviews with members of families who still form extensive networks across the continent, this book is part family stories, part historical narrative, creating a new way of looking at Australia's past. Challenging the 'white Australia' perspective as descriptive of the whole continent, the author argues that Australian settlement history starts in the north, with the well-documented Makassan trade. Both numerically and in terms of their impact on Aboriginal policy, Asians have continued to play a dominant role in the north and therefore in Australia, and are implicated in the Stolen Generation.
Winner of NSW Premier's History Award: Community and Regional History 2007.
"'I think to become a complete human being you've got to look at the history of all your composites.' Jimmy Chi 'Aboriginal, Solomon Islander, Chinese, Hindu, Whiteman, Irish - we got all of them in the family... our people are intermarried... You can't exclude them, you have to bring them in.' Len Royee"
For her previous acclaimed work Pearl Shellers, Regina Ganter received the Australian Historical Association Prize. Several tertiary courses now contain material from her work in progress, including the Masters Degree in Australian Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University, first and second year Australian history courses at Griffith University, and the 'Crossing Borders' course in history at Flinders University. Regina has also been published in Calcutta and Taipei and has participated in ABC Radio National programs.