The Evolution and History of British Chinese Workforce


evolutionhistoryofBritishChineseWorkforce In October 2009, Ming-Ai (London) Institute was awarded a grant from the Government’s new Transformation Fund for informal adult learning, to run “The Evolution and History of British Chinese Workforce” project.

Chungwen Li, the Dean of Ming-Ai, said: “This is the second oral history project that Ming-Ai is running this year. We are very happy to be able to provide a new learning method -- to acquire new skills and contributing to the community at the same time.

Claire Robinson, Transformation Fund Project Manager on behalf of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), said: “NIACE is very happy to be supporting the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in the management of the Transformation Fund to fulfil the recommendations of the Government’s Learning Revolution for informal adult learning. The hundreds of bids we have received have displayed high standards of quality, highlighting the vast breadth of projects that are out there with an adult learning focus. The innovative nature of the winning projects is sure to transform the way adults learn, improving well-being and building confidence along the way. The projects have the potential to not only help individuals, but to benefit communities as well."

- March 2010

The recruitment of the voluntary production team for the project started in October 2009; everyone had specific roles and has shared their reflective thoughts of this project. The most exciting parts of the project are to create history while recording the history, and to present it artistically. The Project Award Ceremony and Exhibition
 was launched on 20 March 2010 at St Martin’s Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church.

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Besides the project production team and the project interviewees, there are also many unknown heroes behind the project, these contributors helped us in different ways and we are not able to deliver the project without their help.
Dianne Ayres, Gregor Benton, Michael Bolger, Karen Broutsos, Cheng Chan, Sherry Kuei-Chan, Alan Chau, C K Cheung, Stephen Craig, Maria Ejsmont-Rybicka, Polly Green, Joyce Lee-Ho, Nicola Pottage, Alan Lam, Kam Sang Law, Miranda Li, Wing Hong Li, Lisa Mok, Alan Seatwo, Chloe R Philips, James Thomson, Rachel Yang, and Alan Worsfold.

Action for Children, Glasgow; Bute Town History & Art Centre, Cardiff; Chinese Association of Tower Hamlets; Chun Yee Society, London; Discovery Museum, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museum; East London Cemetery; Hondo Trading Co. Ltd., Liverpool; Liverpool Chinese Pagoda Community Centre; Liverpool Community Information; London Metropolitan Archives; The Mitchell Library, Glasgow; National Museums Liverpool; Ricefield Chinese Arts and Culture Centre; San Jai Chinese Project, Glasgow; Scotland China Association; St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, London; Wah Sing Chinese Community Centre; Wai Yin Chinese Women Society, Manchester; and Wing Hong Elderly Centre, Glasgow.

(in alphabetical order)