Leeds City Library and the University of Leeds are putting together an online exhibition and would like to hear from residents of the Chinese Community, to learn about your relationship with Leeds and share your stories. Whether you have lived here for many years or have just arrived, we would love to hear from you!
Do you have a story about how you or your family came to Leeds? Would you like to record it for future generations or share it with others?
How do you celebrate your Chinese heritage and culture whilst living in Leeds? Through food, festivals, stories, songs, or by watching favourite films?
Through the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds, we were intrigued to hear about forthcoming theatre production 'From Shore to Shore' (https://www.wyp.org.uk/events/from-shore-to-shore/), which "draws on real life stories from Chinese people living in Leeds and West Yorkshire to create a powerful new drama of love and loss, struggle and survival, performed alongside great food and live music". Since then, we've had the pleasure of learning more about how the play was researched and devised, from writer Mary Cooper and her multi-lingual collaborator M.W. Sun. Taking 'From Shore to Shore' as inspiration, we hope to run digital storytelling workshops with a range of community groups.
Leeds Libraries' collection of historical theatre playbills contain numerous allusions to Chinese performers and culture, although the acts in question are predominantly thought to be Western interpretations and are often highly irreverant (and at times xenophobic). Authentic Chinese voices are largely missing from the historical archive and this is something we're keen to address.
If you are interested in taking part or have any questions about the project, please get in touch. We would love to hear from individuals and community groups alike:
(in Mandarin) Jenna Ng, University of York: firstname.lastname@example.org
(in English) Rosie Wilkinson, University of Leeds: email@example.com
Dr Jenna Ng ( 华语 )，约克大学，firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosie Wilkinson ( 英语 ) ，利兹大学，email@example.com