Multiethnic Australia: Its History and Future

Multiethnic Australia: Its History and Future

by Celeste Lipow MacLeod




After once trying to keep its population white and predominantly British, Australia reversed course. Since 1947 it has absorbed five million immigrants from some 240 countries and places around the globe, with increasing numbers from Asian nations. In time, the country developed a multicultural outlook that encourages immigrants as well as indigenous people to retain their traditional cultures while also becoming loyal Australians.
This book examines Australia past and present to show why immigration policies changed, the conflicts the new policies caused and the benefits they brought. The last chapters view Australia in relation to world events: the economic rise of China, the impact of the Bali bombing in 2002 and the arrival of boat refugees from Middle Eastern nations. The result is a thorough and thoughtful consideration of Australia as a multiethnic society, including current challenges and the nation’s potential to play a larger role in its Asia Pacific region.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786425228
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2006
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Writer Celeste Lipow MacLeod lives in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

A Note to the Reader xii

Introduction 1

Prologue 5

1. Before the British 11

2. Convicts and Colonists 18

3. Class Conflicts with Unexpected Outcomes 32

4. Spreading Across the Land 48

5. Dispossessed: The Indigenous People 66

6. A Place in Two Cultures 79

7. Immigrants and “White Australia” 97

8. A Multiethnic Nation 113

9. Diversity and Dissent 128

10 Embedded Legacies 139

11. Turbulent Times 153

12. Asian Connections 166

13. Which Way Ahead? 185

Chapter Notes 203

Selected Bibliography 217

Index 221

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