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

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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

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

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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

A Conversation between Gemma Thorpe and David Forrest

Wednesday April 4th, 2012 by No Comments

Transcription of one of our initial meetings discussing the collaboration. DF: I see the project as an opportunity to look at the way in which storytelling, in its broadest sense, can empower people; to hear voices, stories, narratives that have not been previously heard. There’s a really interesting opportunity with working with the Chinese student » Read On