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'Think imperially': Indian journalists' goodwill visits to White Australia, 1927 and 1947

Sarwal, Amit (2019) 'Think imperially': Indian journalists' goodwill visits to White Australia, 1927 and 1947. Asian Ethnicity, NA . pp. 1-19. ISSN 1463-1369

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Academic research on the White Australia Policy has spanned the history of Asian migration and policy-making initiatives in Australia. However, the role of popular transnational media images and stories of the past that inform the socio-cultural understanding of Australia–India cross-cultural relations has been under evaluated. In this paper, using unexplored archival material from popular newspaper reports and columns, I will examine the ‘goodwill visits’ of two Indian journalists, K. K. Lalkaka and Sir R. Srinivasa Sarma, to Australia in 1927 and 1947. By assessing the role of these two journalists, this paper will highlight transnational issues such as migration, ethnicity, race, class and trade between the two countries. Borrowing from Vineet Thakur’s research highlighting the role of first diplomats in the pre-independence era India, this article will contribute to the field of history in Indian diplomatic studies and historiography of Australian–Indian cross-cultural relations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: White Australia Policy, British Empire, immigration, journalists and public opinion, diplomatic history, India–Australia relations
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D880 Developing Countries
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JZ International relations
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
Depositing User: Amit Sarwal
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2019 03:23
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 04:15

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