Our Cultural Projects Manager and Researcher, Xiao Ma, has been awarded a prestigious PhD scholarship at University of Westminster. Xiao has begun her PhD project to research the cultural complexities of London’s Chinatown through critically examining the notion and practice of Chinatown heritage in global London. She fought stiff competition to be awarded a scholarship to research this under studied topic. Xiao aims to contribute to the wider research about Chinatowns in the UK and heritage studies from a diasporic perspective through this research project.
Xiao has been part of the China Exchange team since 2016 when she started as an intern. She was invited to join the core team as coordinator before being promoted to Cultural Projects Manager & Researcher. During her time at China Exchange, Xiao has developed a keen interest in the heritage of London’s Chinatown and this has fuelled her PhD ambitions. Xiao, who works part time at China Exchange, is due to complete her studies in 2024.