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By Gao Jia

In Chinese Activism of a special Kind, Jia Gao examines the social habit and styles of activities of 45,000 or so chinese language scholars as they fought to procure the correct to stick completely in Australia after the June four 'Tiananmen sq.' incident of 1989. In a time of relative net infancy their reaction to the moving stances of the Australian executive observed them construct networks, utilize media and strengthen more than a few recommendations. in attaining good fortune this various workforce of scholars turned the most important consumption of onshore asylum seekers within the heritage of Australian immigration. via their stories Jia Gao offers a desirable addition to our wisdom of chinese language activism and to the heritage of chinese language migration.

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The first question was readily answered. My study could not be done by testing an existing theory or set of existing ideas on Chinese activism because there was no similar study. To pursue this case study, I would still need to find an appropriate set of organizing ideas elsewhere. Recent 22 As several Western countries introduced similar schemes to export language education and recruited many PRC students in the late 1980s, the Chinese student population in Western countries not only increased dramatically, but also diversified to include more people who were ordinary workers and peasants.

These activities encompassed three types of consultations. The first type occurred at an individual level, and included visits to DILGEA and RACS offices, to OSO (Overseas Student Office) offices by those holding or wanting to obtain a student visa, or to AIDAB (Australian International Development Assistance Bureau) offices by postgraduate students who were studying in Australia under AIDAB-subsidized programs. All these initiatives were followed by extensive exchanges of information and discussions between individuals (The IFCSSA seminar notice, 7 September 1989).

The largest convergences of students in several DILGEA offices occurred precisely, and ironically, on the day when a series of emotional memorial services were held throughout Australia for the victims of June 4 (The Age, 10 June 1989). By 14 June 1989, more than 5,000 ­Chinese nationals were reported to have presented themselves at DILGEA branches countrywide and picked up the application forms (ACD, 14 June 1989). According to an internal report prepared by a Melbourne-based Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), so high was the demand for the forms that the DILGEA branches were rapidly running out of them, and some migration agents decided to sell them for AU$10 each so as to make as much profit as they could from these potential asylum seekers (RACS, 1990: 6).

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