Dr Juanita Kwok is a Bathurst-based historian and heritage consultant. Her main area of interest is in writing inclusive histories of regional Australia. Juanita wrote her Honours thesis on the representation of Chinese in Australian feature films made in the era of the White Australia policy. She gained a scholarship from Charles Sturt University to write her PhD thesis titled “The Chinese in Bathurst: Recovering Forgotten Histories.”
Prior to living in Bathurst, Juanita lived in Sydney where she was co-founder and co-director of the Sydney Asia Pacific Film Festival 2000-2002. Juanita is co-author of Film Asia: New Perspectives on Film for English (Curriculum Corporation, 2002), which won the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Award in 2003 for Best Reference Resource for Secondary Teachers.
Juanita presents her research at seminars and conferences including those held by the Chinese Australian Historical Society, the Australian Historical Association, the Australasian Mining History Association, Dragontails and China Inc., and leads tours of Chinese heritage in Bathurst and Wellington.