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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

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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

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‘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

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Socially Engaged Practices Today

Friday May 25th, 2012 by 2 Comments

‘All artists are alike. They dream of doing something that’s more social, more collaborative and more real than art’ Dan Graham. This statement formed the introduction to the North East Photography Network’s Annual Symposium on Socially Engaged Practices which I attended last Friday. The Symposium was a challenging and stimulating day, with presentations from photographers, » 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

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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

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‘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

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