With not a single seat to spare, the evening included three guest speakers: Curator of the Sym Choon exhibition Amy Dale, former Lord Mayor of Adelaide Dr Alfred Huang AM, and Art Gallery of SA Curator Russell Kelty. The Confucius Institute’s Director Dr Ning Zhang, also spoke reflecting on her own experience as a migrant to Australia in the 1980s.
The evening, described as a ‘cultural musing’ examined the contribution by Chinese migrants and their descendants to the cultural vibrancy of Adelaide from early 19th – late 20th century, through the lens of Sym Choon: Changing Fortunes in White Australia exhibition at the Migration Museum, and the Sym Choon family legacy. Celebrating 200 years of Chinese migration to Australia, the speakers reflected on the history of migration, their personal experience, and the reach of Chinese diaspora throughout the world.
Amy Dale and Alfred Huang gave excellent insight on the injustice of the White Australia Policy, while Alfred spoke at length on his experience living in Australia, sitting on the City of Adelaide council, and a sad period of racism in the 1990s. Russell Kelty gave a wonderful description of the Chinese artwork displayed in the Art Gallery, and gave great detail on the process of curating a major art exhibition.
For anyone interested in learning more about the Sym Choon family the exhibition at the Migration Museum will run for one more week, closing this Sunday.
A recording of the evenings talks can be seen on Youtube.
The evening was generously supported by Tomich Wines.