Sioman Yen and Richard Horsburg discussing ‘South Flows the Pearl’
Sioman Yen and Richard Horsburgh discussing this book in a special talk for Heritage Festival.
South Flows the Pearl is a fascinating journey through the history of Chinese Australia. Taking the reader from Shanghai and the Pearl River Delta to Sydney, Perth, Cairns, Darwin, Bendigo and beyond, it explores the struggles and successes of Chinese people in Australia since the 1850s.
This unique book was written by an insider. Mavis Ye 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.
Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson from the University of Sydney will also join them for a brief introduction.