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South Flows The Pearl

South Flows The Pearl

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South Flows the Pearl Chinese Australian Voices by Mavis Gock Yen, edited by Siaoman Yen and Richard Horsburgh, and introduction by Sophie Loy-Wilson. Take a journey through the history of Chinese Australia. From Shanghai and the Pearl River Delta to Sydney, Perth, Cairns, Darwin, Bendigo and beyond, this book explores through personal tales, the struggles and successes of Chinese people in Australia since the 1850s.


This unique book was written by an insider. Mavis Yen was born in Perth in 1916, the daughter of a Chinese father and an Australian mother. She lived in both countries and understood what it meant to navigate two worlds, to live through war and revolution, and to experience racial discrimination. In the 1980s she began interviewing elderly Chinese Australians, recording hours of conversations. Her intimate understanding of their languages and life experiences encouraged them to share their stories. Published here for the first time, they will change how you think about Australian history.

Paperback, published on 01 February 2022 by Sydney University Press.

About the Author:

Mavis Gock Yen was born in Perth in 1916. In 1925 her family moved to Shanghai and during the next twenty years she spent time in both China and Australia. In 1946 she settled in China, where she worked as a journalist and English teacher until after the Cultural Revolution. She returned to Australia with her daughter, Siaoman, in 1981, and studied professional writing at the University of Canberra.

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25.4 × 17.8 × 1.8 cm

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