游子在美国 Youzi in the USA : Darcy Holdorf ‘Not Here Or There’.

Wednesday August 8th, 2012 by No Comments

A couple of months ago I came across the work of Darcy Holdorf, a young American photographer who worked on a series ‘Not Here Or There’ about Chinese students at Ohio University. Darcy won a prize in the US College Photographer of the Year awards, and the series was showcased in the USA on the » Read On


The Exhibition

Thursday August 2nd, 2012 by No Comments

We would like to express a huge thankyou to all who attended the Youzi Project exhibition a fortnight ago. There was a great turnout for the talk and screenings and I was really pleased that Zhuoer, Qingqing, Nina and Jack were so willing to talk about their experiences and answer questions from University staff and » Read On


Previewing the photofilms

Thursday August 2nd, 2012 by No Comments

Five photofilms have been made as part of The Youzi Project. Each focuses on a different individual and combines photographs, audio and video. These were shown in public for the first time at the exhibition a couple of weeks ago, and will soon be online along with a series of photographs on the Youzi Project » Read On


One week to go

Friday July 13th, 2012 by No Comments

Next week we are having our exhibition of work recorded and collected over the past six months of the Youzi Project. The next few days will be spent making sure all the material is ready to go -final edits of the photofilms, information panels, last minute printing and probably a fair bit of panicking on » Read On


‘Sometimes I feel like I’ve never been abroad’

Friday July 6th, 2012 by No Comments

Several of the students I’ve met with have shared with me the issues they’ve come across during their time in the UK as an international student. Integration is a key theme that has reoccured – many students have expressed pity that they haven’t got to know more ‘native’ English speakers, and stated how in many » Read On


Instant Memories and Weibo

Thursday June 21st, 2012 by 2 Comments

Yesterday I met with Chenghao to show him the photographs I took at his birthday party recently. We chatted about the exhibition and I was really pleased he agreed we could take this display of photographs from his bedroom wall and re-install them in the show, in exactly the same layout. I love these Fuji » Read On


Sharing the Work

Wednesday June 20th, 2012 by No Comments

To London last Friday, as invited speakers at the Society for Research in Higher Education seminar, ‘Internationalisation and Marketisation of the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Experience’.  This would be the first chance to share some of the short photo films that Gemma has been developing for the project, and to circulate our work within broader discussions » Read On

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Didacticism and Thematic Categorisation: Narratives of Chinese Student Experience

Wednesday June 20th, 2012 by No Comments

  In recent weeks, we’ve been exploring representations and explorations of the Chinese student experience through visual means, and Gemma suggested that we watch Waves, a film by Li Tao made in 2007, which tells the stories of 4 young Chinese students who attend a high school in Wellington, New Zealand. The documentary is divided into the » Read On


飞机餐 Plane Food

Wednesday June 13th, 2012 by No Comments

北京 > 迪拜 > 曼彻斯特 Beijing > Dubai > Manchester We’ve been busy compiling all the material gathered so far: this Friday we will present first edits of the photofilms at a conference in London, and the exhibition is drawing nearer. We’re hoping to use a number of participants’ own photographs in the final presentations; » Read On

Lost in Translation

Friday June 8th, 2012 by No Comments

Most of the audio interviews I’ve recorded have been conducted in English although I have been keen to suggest to participants to speak in Chinese if they feel more comfortable, or if there is something they feel they can better express in their first language. It’s fascinating to hear people speak in two languages; the » Read On