It is with
great pleasure that I write the foreword to Dr Yit Seng
Yow’s book The Chinese Dimensions: their roots, mindset
Chinese person to arrive in Western Australia was a
carpenter called Moon Chow, who arrived in 1829, a few
months after the Swan River Colony was first proclaimed.
He was unique until the mid 19th Century when Chinese
indentured labourers were recruited to alleviate severe
farm labour shortages and then in the 1880s free Chinese
settlers came to seek their fortune in the goldfields.
recent times many Chinese have come to Western Australia
as we expanded and deepened our relations with Asia.
Chinese Western Australians have experienced prejudice
and discrimination but that has not dented their
commitment to Western Australia and its future.
their energy, enthusiasm and hard work our Chinese
community has helped build the thriving, vibrant and
multicultural State we live in and enjoy today.
State’s cultural and linguistic diversity is arguably
our most valuable asset, and I am very pleased that Dr.
Yow’s book adopts a bilingual approach. Language is
central to culture. Through this book, the wider
community will be able to learn about Chinese language,
its importance to and reflection of Chinese culture, and
the beauty and intricacies of Chinese culture as a
proximity to Asia has helped enrich our State in many
ways – it has expanded our economic and cultural
horizons and breathed fresh life into our creative
benefited in numerous ways from our close ties with
China, and I am very pleased that we continue to
strengthen this bond through initiatives such as our
Sister-State relationship with China’s Zhejiang
has long been a respected member of our State’s Chinese
community. Active in the Chung Wah Association, Dr. Yow
has also published material dealing with the challenges
minority group’s face in our community. In this context,
The Chinese Dimensions: their roots, mindset and psyche
plays an important part in educating the wider community
about our Chinese community’s unique identity and
cultural heritage. Through this sort of understanding we
can continue to move forward, together, into a positive
and productive future.
Dr Geoff Gallop MLA