East West Festive Culture


EastWestHow do traditional Chinese festivals differ from their British counterparts and why?  

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2008, this 2-year project is trying find out by studying the similarities and differences between festivals by comparing, for example, Hallowe'en with the Chinese Ghost Month, and St. Valentine's Day with the Chinese Lantern Festival.  The research looks back to the 1950s to see how Chinese people have practised their cultural festivals while living in London and how those practices change as time goes by.

We interviewed three different groups of people.  The first group was those Chinese who moved to the UK at an early age and have been living in the UK for a long time.  The second group was those mixed marriage Chinese who have shared with us how they celebrate those East and West festivals with their western partners: we can see the effect of mixed marriages on celebrating two cultures.  The third group was those Chinese or half-Chinese born or brought up in the UK.  They had lots of interesting experiences to share with us.



We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who contributed to our project.  All interviewees shared their interesting stories and experiences with us, all schools and organisations welcomed us to visit and gave us a chance for sharing, all consultants and advisers gave us lots of advice, and of course all volunteers who contributed their time, effort and shared their ideas, photos and drawings with us.
Kate Ballard, Meena Bhatnagar, Karen Broutsos, Ruth Chan, Michelle Chan, Ben Cheng, Simon Cheung, Francesca Crowe, Kurt Diminieux, Yue-Qin Dong, Emily Fan, Kathy Fan, Grainne Grabowski, Joanna Hsieh, Dian Huang, Jing-Ya Huang, Brian Kong, Martin Kuroczik, Kit-Lai Lam, Alex Law, Ricky Law, Kar-Hei Lam, Vincy Lau, Ada Lee, Lena Lee, Wing-Hong Li, Jessie Liao, Peter Lin, Jie-Ling Liu, Gui-Min Ma, Kelvin Ma, Flora Man, Lihong Man, Nadira Mostefasba, Parveen Pahlan, Dan Pickard, Ryszard Rybicki, Master Te-Yin Shih, Lian-Yi Song, Audrey Suen, Katja Ting, Van Coung Troung, Danny Tsang, Yu-Mei Tsai, Julius Tsui, Kam Wade, Katie Wang, Olly Wells, Joe Wong, Alan Worsfold, Wen Wu, Jiali Xu, Rachel Yang, Pauline Yip, and many other friends who help us for this project.
Buckinghamshire Chinese Language School, Buckswood School, Chinese Community School, Chinese Independent School of Tower Hamlet, Christ’s College Finchley, Dragon Page Technology, Hackney Chinese School, Haringey Chinese School, Hua Hsia Chinese School, John Roan School, Lewisham Indo-Chinese Centre & Chinese Community School, London Fo Guang Temple, London Pei Ying Chinese School, Mellow Lane School, Queenswood School, Sarah Bonnell School, Regent College, SOAS, St Joseph’s Primary School, St Michael’s Catholic College, True Heart Theatre, Tzu Chi College of Technology, University of Huddersfield, Wembley High Technology College, Westminster Academy, and Westminster University.

(In alphabetical order)