• Living in a material world: object biography and transnational lives

    Author(s):
    Karen Schamberger (see profile) , Martha Sear, Kirsten Wehner, Jennifer Wilson
    Date:
    2008
    Group(s):
    History, Museums
    Subject(s):
    Museology, Transnational history, Australian history, Australian studies, Material culture
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6930NT7Z
    Abstract:
    Personal and object biographies can be interwoven and reveal much about the transnational connections between Australia and other places. This chapter features two interwoven biographies: Guna Kinne, a Latvian Displaced Person who began making a national dress as a school girl in Latvia and continued to make it as she fled the Soviet army to Germany during World War II; and Minh Tam Nguyen who made a musical instrument, the dàn tre, in a Vietcong reeducation camp, then made a second one in a refugee camp. Both Kinne and Nguyen brought their objects to Australia and continued to use them, eventually donating them to the National Museum of Australia.
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