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Redacted: Who Killed Fred Wong?

Was Fred Wong murdered by ASIO? An investigation by his grandkids reveals Australia's history of anti-Asian racism.

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HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Kristina Wong Foster

  • PRODUCER Kristina Wong Foster & Tammy Wong Hulbert

Synopsis

DURATION: 60 MINUTES

Was Australian born Chinese, Fred Wong (1906-1948) killed for being a suspected communist by ASIO in a climate of anti-Chinese sentiment? This documentary reflects upon the personal journey of his granddaughter, Kristina and grandniece, Tammy to uncover the story behind the suspicious death of their ancestor Kenneth Frederick Wong (Wong Gar Kin). Fred’s story of dedication to humanitarian activity in an era of White Australia (1901-1940s) discrimination, eerily echoes the rising anti-Chinese sentiment of today. This documentary looks to reveal the history of racism against Asians in Australia and the government policies now and existing that enable this discrimination.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

There is a history of anti-Chinese prejudice in Australia from the mid-nineteenth century with slurs and negative stereotypes characteristic of white Australia’s image of the Chinese, their world, and their perceived shortcomings. In reviewing policy and the media over time, these anti-Chinese attitudes seem to continue to seep into the mainstream. A survey by the Lowy Institute revealed nearly one in five Chinese-Australians have been threatened or attacked in past year.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

To encourage Aussies to explore the levels of racism in all of us - whether overt or unconscious. Reconsider what is in the heart of those in the media and government who fan the flames of racism against Asians?

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

We want individuals to be able to interpret and understand anti-Chinese racism when they hear and see it from the media and politicians. We want to eliminate anti-Chinese racism from being a part of Australian culture.

Activities

How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Our impact plan will consist of community screenings at universities and schools. Every kid in Australia learns about the Goldrush, we want to connect to the programs that support this part of the curriculum. If learning about the Goldrush, we should understand the racism against the Chinese in Australia.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We are working with Australian historians from various universities to understand what life was like for the Chinese in Australia in the 1900s.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

We want viewers to interpret what they say and hear about Chinese people in Australia with their own lense.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

The Lowy Institute survey on racism directed at Chinese Australians has set some very good benchmark survey results. We will repeat some of these selected questions with viewers at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after seeing the film. https://charts.lowyinstitute.org/features/chinese-communities/topics/experiences-of-discrimination