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Research Seminar - School of Humanities and Communication - "True Friend:" Chinese-Australian journalists, 1920-1945

Presented by Caryn Coatney
19 OCT 2022
12.00 PM - 1.00 PM

Defying a migration ban, independent Chinese journalists developed a uniquely assertive  style of reporting to cultivate powerful Australian allies and campaign for justice during a looming global war. This presentation focuses on the journalists’ forgotten stories. Their autonomous news ventures developed an established reputation for publishing migrant journalism in Australia. Research of the era has often overlooked the journalists’ long battle for equality. They challenged the White Australia policy, overturned a censorship ban and encouraged civic participation as they reported on escalating global conflicts in their intricately hand-set newspapers. This presentation will show how the journalists recast their community identity from a threat to a patriot of Australia.

"Dr Caryn Coatney is a Journalism Lecturer at UniSQ. She has been an investigative news journalist in Australia and internationally and worked in many fields of communication extensively. Dr Coatney has a PhD (Journalism), Master of Arts (Research and Coursework - Journalism), and Bachelor of Arts (Honours in both English Literature and History). Her journalism research has won global awards and has appeared in numerous journals and publications. She also published the book, John Curtin: How He Won Over The Media, after completing a Fellowship at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre in the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra. This presentation follows from her book chapter in the important book by editors 

Dr Catherine Dewhirst and Dr Richard Scully, Voices of Challenge in Australia’s Migrant and Minority Press (published by Palgrave Macmillan)"

For more information, please contact Katrina Cutcliffe.