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Chinese from Bengal Oral History Project 孟加拉华人的口述历史

Date: Sunday, 17th, April 2011
Venue: Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL.
Transport: By DLR: West India Quay. By DLR: West India Quay. By Bus: D3, D7, D8, 277, N50, D6, 15, 115, 135.
Cost: Entry is free, but seats are limited. so please ensure you book early as places will be given out on a first come, first served basis. You will receive confirmation of your booking.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project focuses on the Chinese from West Bengal. This group of people originated from southern China and had travelled to India to find work as carpenters and shoe-makers. By the turn of the 20th century, they had built up a sizeable community in Calcutta, capital of the British Raj, with their own schools and clinics, shops and restaurants. Chinatown became a flourishing centre and could have expanded several times over. However, as tensions grew between China and India over the delineation of the border in the 1960s, many were forced to leave. A small minority came to London. Their arrival proved timely, as post-war Britain needed skilled personnel to boost its economy and the Chinese from India were able to put their English language and British qualifications to good use.

The oral histories, both humourous and poignant, have been compiled into a DVD which will be distributed to schools, libraries and Chinese community centres and will also be available on The Meridian Society's website as a free online resource. Our aim is to introduce an aspect of the Chinese diaspora to the wider British public, as well as to educate our own younger British Chinese generations about their historical roots.

Progamme

11:00 Registration and visit exhibition
11:30 Welcome speeches and Introduction to the project
11:45 DVD excerpt and demonstration of how to access material on website
12:00 Performance by True Heart Theatre
12:45 Presentations of certificates and thanks
13:00 Lunch
14:00 End of reception; exhibition open to the general public

 

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