Chinese New Year Celebration (2 Feb 2014)
For the second year the British Chinese Workforce Heritage project was a feature of the Chinese New Year celebrations in London. Every year stalls, processions and lanterns fill the streets of central London as the London Chinese community celebrate Chinese New Year. This year the project stall was in Leicester Square close to the London Chinese Community Centre, on a beautiful sunny day that put 2013's weather to shame.
On the stall there were games, facts, information, "lucky" bags for sale and friendly staff and volunteers of the project. Staff and volunteers spoke to a huge number of people who had come from all over London, country and world to come to the Chinese New Year event.
The project interviewed some members of the public to try and gain an insight into why people came on the day and what they know about Chinese culture. It was clear from the people we spoke to that many people may love Chinese culture or food but not know much about the history of the Chinese in the UK - which is precisely what makes the BCWH project so important.
The day was long but successful with all of the "lucky" bags containing project oyster card holders, postcards and fortune cookies being sold. 2014 was the second year that the project would feature in Chinese New Year, with the final year being in 2015. Make sure to look for the British Chinese Workforce Heritage project next year if you missed it this time round.