British Chinese Workforce Heritage Project Launch (10 Jul 2012)
Project Launch (10 July 2012)
On 10 July 2012 Ming-Ai (London) Institute successfully held the launch for the British Chinese Workforce Heritage project at Regent's College (now Regent's University London), marking the start of the 3-year oral history project.
As a guest speaker, British Chinese actor Mr David Yip shared his story of his father, which shows exactly the career path of a typical Chinese settler.
Afterwards the project team explained the details of the project and its internships’ recruitment policy to the general public.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant to Ming-Ai (London) Institute for a 3-year ground breaking project on the British Chinese Workforce Heritage in London, taking place between June 2012 and May 2015. For the project, we are recruiting 10-12 interns and a small army of volunteers to help document the role of Chinese workers in London over the last century and a half, and we will interview people in a wide range of employment including seafaring, laundering, catering, community centres and traditional Chinese medicine.
Once collated, the details plus images will be used to compile a full picture of the British Chinese workforce in London, and an exciting new online centre will be created. There will also be a series of exhibitions at ten London venues, including an outdoors display in Trafalgar Square. It is estimated that the public events will attract some 30,000 visitors over the three-year period. Learning is at the heart of the project which includes training for Ming-Ai staff, interns and volunteers. Online education materials will also be created for schools to use.