How is this project funded and supported?

This research is funded by a Fulbright Scholarship for postgraduate research, running from Jan 2023 to October 2023. The Fulbright is an international scholarship program funded jointly by the Australian and American Departments of State. This research is also supported by the Shire of Christmas Island and Western Sydney University. “Talking Maps” and “‘Editable Gallery” events are funded by the Shire of Christmas Island.

What are the ethics of this research?

This project has been granted ethical approval by the Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee (reference number H15449). If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this research, you may contact the Ethics Committee through Research Engagement, Development and Innovation (REDI) on Tel +61 2 4736 0229 or email humanethics@westernsydney.edu.au. Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully, and you will be informed of the outcome.

How can I get involved?

To get connected to the project, share your memories or stories of the island, or share your documents or photographs, reach out to niustephanie@gmail.com. If you’re not connected to Christmas Island but would like to get involved, reach out to learn more.


Stephanie Niu is an independent researcher, poet, and former Fulbright Scholar based in the United States. Her research focuses on community archiving in immigration and labor history. Her previous work includes interactive data visualizations of geography for the Chinese Railroad Workers’ Project at Stanford University. Learn more about her work at stephanieniu.com.