父母在, 不远游, 游必有方. Do not travel far, without good reason.

Tuesday May 22nd, 2012 by No Comments

Nina studying at Western Bank Library This afternoon I got an email from Nina, which I think is important to share (thanks Nina for agreeing!): ‘I suddenly think about one saying in Chinese today in the middle of writing my essay, “父母在,不远游,游必有方。” It is an old and traditional Chinese saying, from Confucius, means while your » Read On

From Cantonese to Mandarin: Mrs Fung and the changes in the Chinese community.

Monday May 14th, 2012 by 2 Comments

Photos from the Fung family’s restaurant  東方 Orient Express. I was keen to meet with members of Sheffield’s established Chinese community, to hear their perspective on the changes in the city over the years. After eating in Orient Express with Linna Wei, I spoke to the owners and found out that this family restaurant is run » Read On

新东方 New Oriental, or Learning More About Cooking Than English

Wednesday May 9th, 2012 by No Comments

Further to Dave’s previous post, I wanted to share some of the conversations I’ve had with participants. I am in the process of re-reading and analysing the initial interviews I conducted, and am pulling out themes which I will share in the coming days. In the meantime I wanted to share one quote that really » Read On

展览 : The Exhibition

Thursday May 3rd, 2012 by No Comments

We’re excited to announce our exhibition of work from the Youzi Project. Thursday 19th July 2012 -Talk with Gemma, David, and participants from the project,  3-5pm. Preview evening 5-7pm Friday 20th July 2012 – Open to the public, 9am – 5pm. Venue: Jessops West Exhibition Space, The University of Sheffield. Click here for map. “游子”项目展览时间: » Read On

‘Be Not Forgetful To Entertain Strangers’

Thursday May 3rd, 2012 by No Comments

Uncle Douglas holds a picture of one of the first students to live with him, Rosemary, and her son, sent from Beijing. 97 year old Douglas Higgins has been offering a homestay for Chinese students for the past 12 years, since his wife Eileen passed away. Douglas has had an incredibly colourful life; during the » Read On

游子吟 Youzi Yin: Song of the Wanderer

Friday April 27th, 2012 by 2 Comments

[audio:http://blog.youziproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/游子吟.mp3]Audio : Yindan reading 游子吟. When I first met Yindan I mentioned that we were thinking of using the word youzi for our project. She introduced me to this well known poem which has a deep meaning for Chinese people living abroad. The poem was written in the Tang Dynasty by Meng Jiao, and speaks » Read On

Initial images

Tuesday April 24th, 2012 by No Comments

These images are scans of film from the first few shoots with participants Nina, Li Zhen, and Wenjun. Since working with Alex Zhang I have been using mostly medium format film for this project, which allows me to slow down and better consider the process of photographing, and framing. In some situations this is not » Read On

Beginning to photograph

Tuesday April 24th, 2012 by 3 Comments

‘It seemed preposterous to me that I could ever say anything authoritatively about my subjects or the culture as a whole’ (Paul D’Amato) Although I have had this project in mind for some time, when I think about it, since as long as I came back from China in 2009, it still wasn’t easier to » Read On

Alex Zhang: ‘I want to take control of my own life’

Wednesday April 18th, 2012 by No Comments

Alex Zhang audio clip: [audio:http://blog.youziproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/AlexZhang_audioclip1.mp3] Alex Zhang was the first Chinese mainland student to run for the University elections. Alex is from Anhui Province, in Eastern China and is studying for an MA in Business Studies. He campaigned for the role of International Students Officer. This was the first time he had the chance to » Read On

游子 yóu zǐ

Monday April 2nd, 2012 by No Comments

游子 yóu zǐ (pronounced ‘yo-zuh’), is a Chinese word that can be translated as ‘wanderer’. It indicates people who are living far away, but who have a strong connection to home. The root of the first character is in water, and is suggestive of travelling, or drifting. This word was suggested by Nina, one of » Read On