Download the Dragon Tails 2015 program and abstracts.pdf for details of papers, speakers, events and program timetable.


Dragon Tails 2015 was a single-stream conference from Thursday, 2 July to Sunday, 5 July 2015.

We were pleased to welcome our international speaker, Professor Evelyn Hu-DeHart from Brown University, USA, whose topic was '
Tristes Tropiques': Chinese coolie labor on sugar plantations in Cuba and other tropical islands.


There was also a special pre-conference tour on Thursday 2 July to see the Chinese heritage of the towns of Atherton and Innisfail.


Program - timetable at a glance


Thursday 2 July

9.00 - 5.00    Pre-conference Tour - Chinese Heritage of

                            Atherton and Innisfail

5.30 - 7.30    Conference Opening Reception


Friday 3 July

8.30 - 9.00    Registration

9.00 - 9.30    Welcome and Introduction

9.30 - 10.30    Keynote Presentation - Prof. Evelyn Hu-DeHart,

                            Brown University, USA

10.30 - 11.00    Morning tea

11.00 - 12.30    Panel 1 - Racism and Resistance

12.30 - 1.30    Lunch

1.30 - 3.00    Panel 2 - Retrieving Memories, Retrieving History

3.00 - 3.30    Afternoon tea

3.30 - 5.00    Panel 3 - Journeys, Locations, Vessels

Friday Dinner not organized but restaurant suggestions were offered

                            for delegates


Saturday 4 July

8.30 - 9.00    Registration

9.00 - 10.30    Panel 4 - Temples and Geomancy

10.30 - 11.00    Morning tea

11.00 - 12.30    Panel 5 - Currency, Numerals and Shopkeeping

12.30 - 1.30    Lunch

1.30 - 3.00    Panel 6 - Remembering the 'Departed'

3.00 - 3.30    Afternoon tea

3.30 - 5.00   Panel 7 - Rural Workers, Rural Communities

6.00 - 7.00    Cairns Chinatown Walking Tour

7.00    Conference Dinner - Golden Boat Chinese Restaurant


Sunday 5 July

8.30 - 9.00    Registration

9.00 - 10.30    Panel 8 - Politics and Inclusion

10.30 - 11.00    Morning tea

11.00 - 12.30    Panel 9 - Art and Performance

12.30    Conference Close

1.30    Yum Cha Lunch - Cafe China

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