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Monday, September 28, 2020

The Mystery Aussie with Pam Wong - a review

Last Saturday we had a presentation by Pam Wong about Jan See Chin, her ancestor who had a remarkable career both in Australia and China.

Pam explained that Eastern Europeans weren't the only ones who changed their names on arrival in a new country. Jan See Chin's experiences relates to those many of our ancestors went through.

Among the comments from TMGC were:
We didn't realize how much ethnic prejudice there was in Australia
Pam kept the audience engaged with cliffhangers.
Fugu!  OMG!

Pam used the history of the place and unusual resources, such as museums and academic papers to tell her story, and included some backstory to help us understand better.
One of our classmates suggested that this could be adapted well as a story for young readers.

A video of her talk is available on the member's page of under handouts and recordings.  This will be available until October 26th.  Information about ordering the book is available in the handout or by contacting her directly.
Pam can be contacted at  

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