The Gum San Museum: Inclusion by Virtue of Otherness

By Han Alan.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

The Gum San Museum is a Chinese Heritage Centre located in Ararat, Victoria. It tells the story of the Chinese miners who ‘founded’ the town in 1857. This article examines the museum’s representations of Chineseness. It will be argued that the museum Orientalises the town’s Chinese heritage, and in so doing, excludes Chinese Australian communities. This will be shown by interrogating the museum’s architecture, statues of the Chinese miner and other historical representations.

Keywords: Chineseness, National Identity, Race and Ethnicity, Gold Rush

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.7-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.149MB).

Han Alan

PhD Student, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Alan Han is a PhD student at the School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland. He is the publicity officer for the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association and a member of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network. His thesis is titled, ‘The Mining Museum and Representations of Mining Masculinities’. His research interests are critical race studies, cultural studies and museum studies.


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