Beyond Chinatown, extracts
'Who do we think we are?...The false representation of history is not something that can be forced on a free people without an organised, Stalinist-style campaign. But a national history that denies all its people voices can be totalitarian by default… Jimmy Ah Toy spoke out against officials and others who insisted on classifying the Chinese as sojourners. His family remembers the hardship the campaign against Chinatown created for the Chinese. They did not wish to be repatriated to some non-existent "home". "These old men did not want to go home because they had no homes to go to," he said. After having laboured to build and sustain the settlements of Australia, "after having been here 50 or 60 years, they claimed this as their home".' 1
1 Jimmy Ah Toy, transcript of undated talk to the Historical Society of the Northern Territory
To read the whole book, go to http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/31345940and find a list of the 73 libraries which hold copies.
See pictures of the Darwin launch at http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/212164387
See also '"Where others failed, the Chinese succeeded": collecting and re-evaluating the history of the Chinese...' in Paul Macgregor (ed.), Proceedings, conference on Histories of the Chinese in Australia and the South Pacific, 1995 at http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/51869095