Getting Crafty in Chinatown

Over the summer, China Exchange has run Made in Chinatown, a pilot project working with community groups to create unique souvenirs for London’s Chinatown. All items will be sold to raise money for the groups involved, including Chinese National Healthy Living Centre, Newham Chinese Association and the London Chinese Community Centre.

Through six workshops, participants have learned embroidery, applique, painting and printing techniques and produced a small collection of items that will be sold during markets in the autumn. Some people taking part in the project have a variety of different needs including dementia, mobility issues and learning difficulties.

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New research into Chinatowns soon to be published

For the past year, our CEO Freya has been researching Chinatowns in North America and South East Asia. Inspired by the rapid pace of change in London’s Chinatown and using a Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, her final report on Chinatowns’ prospects for the future will be published later in the Spring – sneak previews will be available at the Ken Hom Annual Lecture next week and in the media. 

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