Discovering Our Family History Together
Presenter: Pam Wong
At a time when most Chinese villagers never strayed far from their birthplaces, Jan See Chin joined other sojourners seeking a way to make a living overseas. In 1884, at barely fifteen years old, he emigrated from Guangdong, China, to Queensland, Australia, by sea, at the time of British colonialism. Battling his way in a hostile white man’s society, he received meagre earnings working at odd jobs while he struggled to adapt to local culture. After working for a few years, he earned enough to lease a small storefront in Cairns where he sold locally-grown produce to the Chinese and European workers living there. He saved enough to buy a small farm, and then married a young half-Chinese, half-British woman named Maud Young. Together they raised thirteen children.
The Mystery Aussie: Jan See Chin is a self-published biography about a granduncle who left China as a poor farmer and made a fortune in Australia amid exclusion and bigotry in the time of the white Australia policy.
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