Culture and Ideas
Chinese figurine, unknown date, display, Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre. Image by Jary Nemo.Contributors
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Chinese culture became a permanent feature in some towns. At the same time the gold rush diaspora helped spread ideas and culture around the world.
Although much of the memory of Chinese gold rush pioneers has been erased, it is wrong to assume that everything they experienced has been forgotten.
Unique places like Bendigo and Melbourne in Victoria, and international hubs such as Vancouver in Canada and San Francisco in California developed an ongoing relationship with Chinese culture.
As well, those Chinese who returned home from the gold fields took their experiences and a different cultural understanding back with them.
As a result some counties and villages in Southern China themselves changed and became melting pots of cultural fusion as overseas-based Chinese communities returned and brought new ideas home.