From Discrimination to Multiculturalism: Melbourne's Experience with Chinese Migration

(di Angelo Andrea DiCastro, Russell Smyth)

Melbourne and Prato share some important similarities. First, both cities have sizeable Chinese migrant populations. Second, in both Melbourne and Prato the Chinese community has made an important economic contribution to the success of the city. Third, there have been periods of social tension which are inevitable when a sizeable migrant community initially emerges. An important difference between the two cities is that while Chinese settlement in Prato is a relatively recent phenomenon, Melbourne has over 150 years of Chinese settlement.