Golden Threads tells the story of the Chinese people who came to and sometimes settled in NSW from the first arrivals in the early 19th century, through the turbulent goldrush years and into the 20th century. Through their compelling and largely previously unpublished stories, the book explores their experiences, working lives, hopes and beliefs, and the attitudes of a white Australia which viewed the Chinese at one extreme as a menacing threat and at the other an exotic presence.
The book is structured around the themes of work, language, leisure, food, beliefs, leaving and staying. Richly illustrated in full colour, it brings together material from diverse sources including oral histories, government and media records, and objects and photographs from local museums and family collections.
A great resource for anyone interested in Australian-Chinese migration history and culture
Supported by the NSW Ministry for the Arts, Powerhouse Museum, Migration Heritage Centre (NSW) and NSW Heritage Office.