'The Dirty Vat': European migration to Australia from Shanghai, 1946-47

Persian, Jayne (2019) 'The Dirty Vat': European migration to Australia from Shanghai, 1946-47. Australian Historical Studies, 50 (1). pp. 21-40. ISSN 1031-461X


At the end of World War II, European residents of Shanghai included Jewish displaced persons and ‘White’ émigrés. While the Jewish refugees were initially viewed by Australia as a humanitarian crisis, they then became a controversial sideshow to a planned mass resettlement of displaced persons from Europe. This article contextualises the actual and proposed Jewish and Russian migration from Shanghai with regard to Australian attitudes towards postwar European migrations from the East. This argument traces the anti-Semitic and anti-Russian sentiments that pressured Calwell into ultimately blocking Russian migration from Shanghai as well as placing a tight curb on the migration of Jewish displaced persons from both Asia and Europe.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2019 00:30
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2019 06:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: migration, Australia, Russia, China, Jews
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
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Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2018.1551411
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36180

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