Although they probably never said, “there’s gold in them thar hills”, Chinese settlers first came to Victoria in large numbers hoping to find their fortunes on the goldfields. As early as the 1860′s Little Bourke St was a busy hub for Chinese cultural and business activities, and even now, after the gold has run well and truly out, Chinatown remains a proud centre for the Chinese community in Melbourne.
Despite successive historic waves of restriction on migration, whether through the 1901 Immigration Restriction Act – often called the White Australia Policy – or otherwise, in 2006 the census recorded that more than 50,000 people resident in Victoria were born in China.
Whether you’re running through the streets wearing a dragon or a red raincoat, Josephine Rowe doesn’t much mind either way.
This poem is a part of The Stately Strut.