Henry Yu lecture

As part of the Australia in the World History Lecture & Seminar Series, Henry Yu will deliver a public lecture on the topic of “The Cantonese Pacific: Unsettling the Narratives of Settler Societies” on 26 November.

Professor Henry Yu examines the ways in which nation-building narratives and the political movements on which they were based in Australia, New Zealand, and the western territories of Canada and the United States used anti-Chinese and anti-Asian exclusion to cohere national belonging around white supremacy and how in overcoming racial exclusion and discrimination, a complex history of interaction between Chinese migrants, indigenous peoples and other migrants has been recovered that promises (and threatens) to remake our understandings of the modern Pacific world and the white settler nations that emerged from the British empire.

Henry Yu is Principal of St. John’s College and Associate Professor of History at the University of British Columbia, where his research and teaching aims to provide perspectives on global migration history as a means of unsettling the national historiographies of settler societies. With Professor Peter Ward he worked on an SSHRC-funded project to create a digital database of approximately 96,000 Chinese Canadians who paid the discriminatory Head Tax between 1885-1923. Professor Yu’s first book Thinking Orientals: Migration, Contact and Exoticism in Modern America (Oxford University Press, 2001) won the Norris and Carol Hundley Prize at the AHA for Most Distinguished Book of 2001. He has published numerous studies of ‘Pacific Canada’ which will also be the focus on his next book.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

5.00pm – 6.00pm

Theatre A, Old Arts Building, The University of Melbourne

Admission is free. Bookings are required. Seating is limited.

To register visit: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/henryyu