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This chapter documents the process by which the People's Republic of China (PRC) nationals living in Australia, a diverse group of students who came together to act for a common goal, fought for and achieved the opportunity, and the right, to stay permanently in Australia in the wake of June 4. It examines the particular type of activism in which they engaged and traces their collective efforts to understand, navigate and negotiate the Australian political environment. The chapter also examines their collective adoption of a wide range of strategic approaches in their campaign for the right to stay permanently: the gathering and sharing of information, the formation of support groups, liaison with local agencies and individuals, the publication of political statements, rallies and demonstrations, and court cases. All the above steps were complicated by the fact that the students were in a foreign country.

Keywords: Australian political environment; Chinese activism; People's Republic of China (PRC)



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