Banana Kids @ the Australian Museum

Banana Kids @ the Australian Museum

Banana Kids @ the Australian Museum


Ceramic artist Douglas Cham considers a term used by an older generation of Chinese migrants in Australia to name Australian-reared Chinese, meaning they are ‘yellow outside and white inside’.

Working with polished earthenware, Douglas creates a traditional Chinese dinner setting for 12, featuring chopstick holders depicting native Australian animals emerging from banana skins. From bright glossy skins, unglazed white koalas, crocodiles and platypus’ appear bearing familiar Australian motifs – bbq tongs, a Sherrin, a tinny of VB.....

Supported by an audio-visual installation, Douglas combines narrative and parody in his reflections on feelings of displacement in the immigrant experience, and on the tension between Western and non-Western cultures.

Opens: 16 October 2010

Closes 21 November 2010

Where: Ground Level Australian Museum 6 College Street Sydney

Entry to this exhibition is included in the general Australian Museum admission price.



Several members of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce attended the launch of the Banana Kids exhibition at the Australian Museum with attendances by Dr Cindy Pan and the artist, Douglas Cham.

Left to Right:HCC President Brad Chan, King Fong OAM, Dr Tony Pun OAM, Dr Cindy Pan, feature artist Douglas Cham, Director of Australian Museum Frank Howarth, Director of Art Atrium Simon Chan.


Banana Kids @ the Australian Museum