Management Committee


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Dr Grace Gassin is a Curator, New Zealand Histories and Cultures, at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, overseeing the Asian New Zealand communities portfolio. An Auckland-born Chinese New Zealander who has lived on both sides of the Tasman Sea, Grace completed her doctoral studies in History at the University of Melbourne in 2016. Her research focused on Chinese Australians' memories of their participation in Chinese community life (1940s-1970s) and formed the basis of her 2014 ABC Radio National feature Dancing with Dragons: Chinese Debutante Balls. Grace is the former President of the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria and has been the President of the Dragon Tails Association since 2016. She was also a co-convenor of the 2017 Dragon Tails conference. She returned home to New Zealand in 2017 and is currently completing a Chinese studies history project for the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute. 


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Dr Karen Schamberger is a historian and museum curator. Recently she was a curator at the National Museum of Australia assisting with the development of a new environmental history gallery. She has previously worked as a consultant historian to 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art on The Burrangong Affray exhibit (2018), as a curator at the Immigration Museum, Melbourne and as a Research Assistant at Deakin University and the University of Wollongong. She is interested in Chinese Australian history, cross-cultural relations, migration and transnational histories, as well as material culture and museology.


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Paul Macgregor, historian and heritage consultant, is President of The Uncovered Past Institute, which undertakes archaeological excavations with public participation. He was Curator of Melbourne’s Chinese Museum from 1990 to 2005, and has published widely, organised many conferences and exhibitions, and worked on several major research projects, all on Chinese Australian history. He is currently researching Chinese economic activity in Australia, and the material culture heritage of Chinese Australians, as part of a wider investigation of the nineteenth and early twentieth century co-evolution of European and Asian societies in Australasia, China, Southeast Asia, North America and the Pacific/Indian Ocean worlds.

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Dr Alanna Kamp (BA BSc (UNSW); PhD (WSU)) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Urban Research Program, School of Social Sciences and Psychology. Her PhD was completed at Western Sydney University (2014) and focused on the experiences of belonging and exclusion of female Chinese Australians in the White Australia Policy era. Alanna is interested in feminist and postcolonial understandings of the migrant experience and attitudes to immigration in Australia. She is particularly interested in the ways in which historical geographies of migrant experience have contemporary relevance and shape current community experiences and identities.

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Dr Nadia Rhook is a white settler historian, writer, and poet. She lectures and researches Indigenous, Asian, and Australian history at the University of Western Australia, on Whadjuk Noongar land. Her research is much inspired by her background in ESL teaching, and in 2016 she curated the City of Melbourne heritage exhibition 'Moving Tongues: language and migration in 1890s Melbourne'. She’s published in international and local journals including the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, the Journal of Women's History, Postcolonial Studies, and Peril Magazine.  Nadia also co-convenes the Perth branch of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network. She's currently writing a book about Asian migration, speech, and settler colonialism in 1890s Melbourne, forthcoming with Duke University Press.

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Dr Sandi Robb is a historian and cultural heritage specialist with interpretation, research, exhibition, curatorial and cultural heritage experience across North Queensland. She has presented at local, national and international conferences on Chinese Australian History, and is a published author with her book Cairns Chinatown: A Heritage Study. In 2018-19 she collaborated with the Ingham Family History Association, and recently held a large exhibition, Re-discovering Buk- Ti: Chinese Settlers in the Herbert River Valley. She is a founding member and current president of the Chinese Heritage in Northern Australia Inc., a not for profit organization committed to promoting northern Australia’s Chinese History and Heritage.
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