Dissemination of the Chinese performing arts in Australia (Victoria)

Zheng-Ting Wang, Margaret Joy Kartomi

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This article has shown that in both the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, Cantonese opera and classical Chinese instrumental music played an important role in keeping Chinese culture alive among Chinese immigrants to Victoria and some other States of Australia. It has documented how the Australian Chinese Music Ensemble s musical activities in Australia at the end of the last century lay the foundation for several subsequent groups of classical Chinese performers in the twentieth century. Its focused discussions on such performances during the gold rush years of the 1850s-1860s compared to its discussions of similar operatic and classical music troupes within the general performance situation in the period after the Australian government adopted its present policy of multiculturalism from 1961 shows how the musical and performative changes reflected the major social changes in the relevant Chinese communities over the century. When the Australian government eventually abolished the Restricted Immigration ( White Australia ) Policy, which operated from 1901-1972, further major changes occurred, releasing the creativity of Chinese musicians in Australia to the benefit of both the multicultural and the mainstream Australian communities.
Original languageChinese
Title of host publicationInternational Dissemination and Expansion of Chinese Musical Culture
EditorsWang Yaohua
Place of PublicationBeijing China
PublisherEconomic Science Press
Pages518 - 528
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9787514154399
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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