@JCU T150 Public Lecture: 150 Years of Mixed Marriages and War Brides in Townsville
Dr Wendy Li said: "This is a T150 project funded by Townsville City Council. It aims to trace the history and evolution of mixed marriage in Townsville. Through the history, we investigate the role that mixed marriages played (and continue to play) in shaping a harmonious and prosperous Townsville community.
"Building on the history of mixed marriage in Townsville, we also developed a project looking at contemporary cross-cultural marriage between Chinese women and Australian men. We have interviewed 12 families of cross-cultural marriage. When we asked the Australian husbands about the attractiveness of Chinese women, many of them said that Chinese women were different from Australian women and they were less demanding. A similar question was put to Chinese wives. A majority said that Aussie men are more handsome and taller than Chinese men."
Ms Sandi Robb said: "Its a fascinating reflection on Townsville's social history to know that from the beginning, the community was made up of many marriages where couples were from completely different cultural backgrounds."