By examining the first three of Sydney’s Chinese newspapers—Chinese Australian Herald, Tung Wah News (Tung Wah Times) and Chinese Republic News—this chapter advances the debate around the shifting role of the Chinese migrant press in Australia’s Federation era. Chinese newspapers in Sydney demonstrated strategies for survival in a society which discriminated against them. This chapter argues that the early Chinese newspapers in Australia enabled migrant voices to speak out about political and social engagements. The idea of diaspora solidary began to strengthen a sense of being part of the Chinese diaspora and further promoted the Chinese Australian steamship corporation in 1916. However, from 1916 to 1924 the development and failure of this corporation reflect how diaspora solidarity did not guarantee a homogeneous voice and unity of the Chinese community.
|Title of host publication||Voices of challenge in Australia's migrant and minority press|
|Editors||Catherine Dewhirst, Richard Scully|
|Place of Publication||Cham, Switzerland|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
|Name||Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media|