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

‘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

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

Made in China

Sunday June 3rd, 2012 by 1 Comment

Some common articles brought from home by Chinese students when they come to study abroad. Most students bring practical items such as rice cookers, knives, medicine, tea. Although some of these items are available in the UK the quality is not thought to be as good, and the price more expensive. I thought it would » Read On

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

‘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