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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 acquire the appropriate 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 transferring stances of the Australian govt observed them construct networks, utilize media and improve quite a number options. in attaining luck this assorted team of scholars turned the most important consumption of onshore asylum seekers within the background of Australian immigration. via their tales Jia Gao presents a desirable addition to our wisdom of chinese language activism and to the background of chinese language migration.

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They needed to know how locals understood the issue of their opportunity or right to stay in Australia, and they needed to know what local people would expect them to do if they wanted to fulfill their hopes of staying. Information of this kind created a basis for deciding how to proceed—especially in terms of forming a new political identity. In interviews, students stated that these were the most important areas of familiarization not only in the initial stages, but also throughout the entire process (Group-focused interviews, 7 March 1998).

1993; Gardner, 1995),17 and most studies were either demographic or economic in their emphasis, while others tended to be descriptive in nature (Moon, 1995: 505). As a result, international migration and refugee studies had tended to focus on the political and economic preconditions for those leaving their home countries, concentrating on various measurable characteristics of the socioeconomic or physical environment (Chant and Radcliffe, 1992; Hugo, 1992, 1995; Kee, 1992; Parnwell, 1993; Brown and Foot, 1994; Hardie, 1994; Iredale, 1994, 1997; Martin, 1994; Zlotnik, 1995).

Third: when the Chinese students in Australia engaged in politicized activities as part of their efforts to seek political asylum in Australia, they did not act alone, but in connection with highly organized international networks. In fact, PRC students worldwide were organized before June 1989, but they were not yet networked globally. The new international 24 chapter one network that formed after June 4 played a very important role not only in spreading information about seeking asylum, but also in coordinating a range of political actions by Chinese students in Western countries.

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