As the Lunar New Year starts, we welcome our newest book in the China and the West in the Modern World series.
South Flows the Pearl: Chinese Australian Voices tells the stories of families who lived between China and Australia in the 20th century. Mavis Gock Yen was born in 1916 in Perth. Her father was born in China, and her mother in Victoria.
In the 1980s she began interviewing elderly Chinese Australians, getting them to tell their stories of their lives and experiences.
Below is a summary, put together by ABC Chinese, as part of an article about Mavis and the book.