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Barry York interviewed by Joan Garvan in the China Maytime Festival Tour 1971 oral history project
Bib ID 6223205
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [spoken word]
Author
York, Barry, 1951-, Interviewee
 
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Description 2013 
6 sound files (approximately 418 min.) 
Series

China Maytime Festival Tour 1971 oral history project.

Summary

Barry York born in England, talks about his family; arriving in Melbourne; living in Brunswick; his father; his interest in writing; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the demonstration in response to Ronald Ryan's death penalty; Pastor Doug Nicholls from the Aboriginal Advancement League; Rod Serling's influence (Twilight Zone); Arthur Calwell; Australian Labor Party; Martin Luther King Jr.; Australia-China Friendship Society; Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist); the Vietnam War; conscription; Eureka Youth League; the International Bookshop; La Trobe University; Labor Club; Maoists; David Muller; loss of studentship; being expelled from University in 1971; Pentridge Gaol; finishing his degree part-time; majoring in History and English to become a teacher; blacklisted by Victorian Education Department; his political development; his revolutionary left-wing politics; Master of Arts at Sydney University; Grant Evans; Bromley King; Laurie Carmichael Jr. court case; Trades Hall; arrest; Ted Hill; workers compensation law; atheism; his court case; campus activities and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation; being invited to join the Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist); Clarrie O'Shea; Norm Gallagher; Maoism; the Cultural Revolution; revolutionary politics; police brutality; overseas military coups; University Chancellor Archibald Glenn; Australian Union of Students; Albert Langer; the Vanguard newspaper; Duncan Clarke; his doubts about political involvement; Monash University; Louis Matheson; Monash Labor Club; La Trobe Labor Club; the Student Representative Council; Clubs and Societies Council; activism; helping draft resisters; Dr Spock; Jim Cairns; Sam Goldbloom; John Gorton; Gough Whitlam; under Whitlam draft resisters were released; Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh; a Vietcong defector; diplomatic relations with China.

York talks about his Maytime Tour of China; the Little Red Book; his visits to Canton, Peking, Shanghai, Yan'an and Peking University; meeting with Zhou Enlai; Australian Table Tennis Federation, Dr John Jackson; York talks about Ping Pong Diplomacy; architecture of China; the Forbidden City; the daily routine of his visit; visiting a People's Liberation Army Camp; waterside workers; discussing the Free speech movement; Great Hall of the People; the perception of Chinese invading Australia via Vietnam; trade with China; Rewi Alley; Australia-China Friendship Society; his thoughts on the recent occasion of Tahrir Square in Egypt; his trip to China fortified his position on the left as a Maoist; Red Guard; revolutionary committees; the impact of the trip and his continuing political activity; La Trobe University; being expelled; attaining his degree; Anti-Imperialist demonstrations; communes; photographic slides of China; West Brunswick Boy Scouts; Catholic priest, Father Val Noone; the reception of people of his visit; his thoughts on the impact of his visit to China; today's China; memorabilia; Kath Kelly; National Library of Australia; Menzies College; Dr Myers; Chinglish; bureaucratisation; bourgeois ideology; Den Xiaoping; Asian capitalism in Shanghai; Malcolm Fraser's speech at the time of Mao's death; Gang of Four; dogmatic non-Marxism; Tiananmen Square; capitalism without democracy and fascism; social fascism; his appreciation of doing the recording; mentions his daughter learning Mandarin; 'the future is bright but the path is tortuous'.

Notes

Recorded on 16, 17, 23 and 29 March 2013 in Canberra, A.C.T.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (28 pages) 
Subjects York, Barry, 1951- -- Interviews.  |  Historians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  China -- Foreign relations -- 1949-1976 -- Anecdotes.
Occupation Historians.
Other authors/contributors Garvan, Joan, 1951-, Interviewer

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