Online Seminar: “Blessed by the Goddess of the Sea” --- An Oral History of the Journey to Australia after the Vietnam War of Vietnamese Immigrants of Chinese Descent

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Thursday 21 May 2020 03:00 pm until Thursday 21 May 2020 04:30 pm (Add to calendar)
China Studies Research Centre
Presented by:
Dr Yangbin Chen
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“Mazu” (妈祖) or “A Po” (阿婆) is the name of Chinese sea goddess at the centre of a host of beliefs and customs, including oral traditions, religious ceremonies and folk practices.

In 2019 and early 2020 Dr Yangbin Chen and Dr Yi-Han Lin conducted a trail-blazing oral history research project in Melbourne and Sydney. They interviewed community leaders, mainly ethnic Chinese from Vietnam, many of whom were once “boat people” who had fled to Australia during the late 1970s to early 1990s. After resettling, they pioneered the building of Mazu Temples and spreading Mazu culture.

In this seminar, Dr Chen and Dr Lin will retell the stories of these boat people’s struggles from the perspective of Mazu folk religion and culture. The presentation aims to address questions such as “Who is this group of people?” “How did they arrive at Australia”, and “What is the role of the Mazu folk religion and culture in their life?”

About the Speakers

Dr Yangbin Chen (Chinese Program, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University) and Dr Yi-Han Lin (Agriculture Victoria Research, State Government of Victoria & President of Mazu Culture Association Inc. Australia).

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