British or Chinese? Stories of Migration, Family and Identity
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11:00 to 18:00

When Britain commenced maritime trade with Qing dynasty China in the late 17th century, the first Chinese migrants came as sailors aboard East India Company ships and lived in London near the docks. Since then, the Chinese who have come to make their home in Britain have journeyed from the expansive Chinese Diaspora, with diverse origins, and distinct dialects and customs. This exhibition builds upon the interviews with people of Chinese ethnic origin in the UK and documents their stories in migration, family and identity making. Admission is free.

Please note the exhibition will be open from 11am-4pm on Saturday 27 May.

Free lectures accompany the exhibition. Please let us know you are coming by using the registration links below:


The Chinese Labour Corps: Forgotten Faces of the Great War

Tuesday 23 May 2017, 17:00-18:00

Speaker: Peng Wenlan

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Education and the Social Mobility of Chinese Families in Scotland

Wednesday 24 May 2017, 17:00-18:00

Speaker: Eona Bell

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Identities Making among Ethnically Chinese Londoners

Thursday 25 May 2017, 17:00-18:00

Speakers: Roman Kierst and Liu Jieyu

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