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This front matter section of the book Chinese Activism of a Different Kind: The Chinese Students' Campaign to Stay in Australia contains the table of contents, list of tables, list of abbreviations, preface and acknowledgments. The book discusses the type of activism that the Chinese nationals demonstrated in their efforts to negotiate the changing stance of the Australian government toward asylum seekers and to adopt a series of strategic approaches to campaign for their right and their chance to stay permanently in Australia. It was a type of activism that was strategic rather than primarily ideological or radical. By their success the students became the largest intake of onshore asylum seekers in the history of Australian immigration. The student issue had a significant impact on Australia's onshore humanitarian and refugee immigration policies in the late 1980s and 1990s, and reactivated direct immigration from China to Australia.

Keywords: asylum seekers; Australian Government; Australian immigration; Chinese activism



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