Grace Gassin

We are excited to learn that our former student Dr Grace Gassin (PhD 2016: “I was a good-time Charlie: social dance and Chinese community life in Sydney and Melbourne, 1850s-1970s”) has been appointed curator, New Zealand History and Culture at the Museum of New Zealand: Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, New Zealand. Grace’s work on young Chinese Australians’ memories of their participation in Chinese community life in Sydney and Melbourne also formed the basis of her 2014 ABC Radio National feature Dancing with Dragons: Chinese Debutante Balls. Grace is co-convenor of the 2019 Dragon Tails conference ‘Translation and Transformation’ in Wellington in November 2019 (see Call for Papers). Bursaries are available for graduate students to help meet the costs of travel across the Tasman!

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