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Griffith University
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Chinese diaspora, Australian Chinese history, transnational history
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About Me

Natalie Fong completed her PhD at Griffith University, Brisbane. Her thesis is titled ‘Chinese Merchants in the Northern Territory, 1880–1950: A Translocal Case Study’. It was awarded a 2021 Award of Excellence in a Research Thesis and the 2021 Chancellor’s Medal for Excellence in the PhD Thesis – Arts, Education and Law. Natalie is descended from Northern Territory merchant Fong Sui Wing, blacksmith and market gardener Lowe Dep, and matriarchs Fong Young See and Lowe Lie See. She has completed a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary English and History) at Griffith University; a Master of Arts in Victorian Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London; and a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts (English and History) at the University of Queensland.

Natalie is a secondary school English and History teacher and Adjunct Research Fellow in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research.

Recent Publications

journal article, ‘Jessie Tam Sie: Pioneer Proprietress and Patroness’ (forthcoming)

book chapter, ‘The Man Sun Wing Enterprise and Australian-Chinese Transnational, Transfamilial Business Practices, 1880s-1940s’, Chinese Colonial Economies in the Southern Asia Pacific Region, eds. Julia Martínez, Claire Lowrie and Gregor Benton (forthcoming)

book chapter, ‘The Emergence of Chinese Businesswomen in Darwin, 1910–1940’, Locating Chinese Women: Historical Mobility between China and Australia, eds. Kate Bagnall and Julia Martínez (Hong Kong University Press, 2021)

journal article, ‘The Significance of the Northern Territory in the Formulation of “White Australia” Policies, 1880–1901’, Australian Historical Studies 49, no. 4 (2018): 527-45. DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2018.1515963.

journal article, ‘Your petitioners will ever pray’: Chinese merchants and organised protest in the Northern Territory, 1880-1920’, Limina, 22 (2), 31-47

journal article, ‘Great Expectations Realised or Disappointed? Using Screen Adaptations in the Classroom’, The Use of English: The English Association Journal for Teachers of English, 66 (3), pp. 41-51.

Media Coverage
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Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Australia, Asia, China, Pacific
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Economic History, Family, Gender, Migration & Immigration, Race, Women, World War II