Liberating Asia : strikes and protest in Sydney and Shanghai, 1920–39

Loy-Wilson, Sophie 2011, Liberating Asia : strikes and protest in Sydney and Shanghai, 1920–39, History workshop journal, vol. 72, no. 1, pp. 75-102, doi: 10.1093/hwj/dbr009.

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Title Liberating Asia : strikes and protest in Sydney and Shanghai, 1920–39
Author(s) Loy-Wilson, Sophie
Journal name History workshop journal
Volume number 72
Issue number 1
Start page 75
End page 102
Total pages 28
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2011-10
ISSN 1363-3554
Summary On 30 May 1925 British officers opened fire on Chinese union protesters in Shanghai’s International Settlement, sparking a series of anti-imperialist protests now known as the ‘May 30th Movement’. This article traces the response of the Australian Labor movement to these events. It examines connections between Chinese and Australian unions and shows how Asian anti-colonial nationalism affected Australian perceptions of class-based inequality in the 1920s and 1930s. Orthodox histories of the Australian Labor movement emphasize its inward-looking and xenophobic nature but these national historiographies have been too quick to assume the isolation of Australia from pan-Asian anti-colonialism. Rather than arguing that Australian unionists supported decolonization in the inter-war period this article explores how class relationships mediated Australian encounters with colonized people in Asia. Treating Shanghai and Sydney as entangled outposts of Empire suggests we need to re-evaluate interpretations of Australian class dissent that regard it either as part of a solely European tradition or as a motivated only by local conditions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/hwj/dbr009
Field of Research 210302 Asian History
Socio Economic Objective 950502 Understanding Asia's Past
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
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Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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