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Negotiating 'Chinese-Australian' Identity: Ah Xian's Dr John Yu (2004) and his China China series (1998-2004)

Burchmore, Alexander


In 2003, Australia’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in Canberra commissioned a rising Australian contemporary artist, Ah Xian, to create a portrait of Dr John Yu, one of the country’s most celebrated paediatricians. Both the artist and the subject have contributed greatly to Australian society and culture, yet it was to a certain extent their Chinese heritage that brought them together. The resulting portrait – Dr John Yu (2004, Figure 1) – communicates this ‘Chineseness’ in three...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art
DOI: 10.1080/14434318.2017.1333397


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