Chinese Activism of a Different Kind, Jia Gao examines the social behavior and patterns of actions of 45,000 or so Chinese students as they fought to obtain the right to stay permanently in Australia after the June 4 'Tiananmen Square' incident of 1989. In a time of relative Internet infancy their response to the shifting stances of the Australian government saw them build networks, make use of media and develop a range of strategies. In achieving success this diverse group of students became the largest intake of onshore asylum seekers in the history of Australian immigration. Through their testimonies Jia Gao provides a fascinating addition to our knowledge of Chinese activism and to the history of Chinese migration.
Jia Gao, PhD (2000), is Senior Lecturer in the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne and serves as Assistant Dean (China) of the Faculty of Arts, and Acting Director of the Center for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the same university.
All interested in contemporary Chinese migration and the history of Chinese migration to Australia, and anyone concerned with contemporary Chinese issues, especially with Chinese social and political behavior and activism.