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Oral History — Recording the History of London Chinatown 華人口述歷史項目簡訊

The history of London Chinatown can be traced back to the 60s when residents of the New Territories of Hong Kong migrated to the UK to work in the prospering restaurant trade.

Oral History —

Recording the History of London Chinatown

The  history of London Chinatown can be traced back to the 60s when residents of the New Territories of Hong Kong migrated to the UK to work in the prospering restaurant trade.  In a Daily Telegraph article in 1970, the Chinese community was reported to be a ’strange community of Gerrard Street’: a group of Chinese who were largely unable to speak any English but maintained successful business and developed the area at the same time.  

Regardless of all sorts of hardships and difficulties over the years, London Chinatown now is officially recognised as an important area in London, and the credit goes to the contribution of the first and second generation Chinese migrants who shaped the culture of the area.  Almost 50 years have passed now but little is known about how people lived and worked to make this place a success. We must capture the stories of the original pioneers in Chinatown, just before we lose them.

The Chinese Mental Health Association, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, launched a 2-year oral history project  which commenced in June 2012. Researchers & volunteers are now working to capture 100 people’s memories and life stories from all walks & life who have built & defined the living image and character of London Chinatown.

 

口述歷史研究—紀錄倫敦唐人街

在英國,倫敦唐人街被視為一個很重要的地區,這歸功於第一、二代華人移民在唐人街付出的努力。承蒙六合彩文化基金的贊助,這個項目希望用2年的時間,通過對100位長者的訪問,記錄唐人街的發展史,並表揚他們用辛勤工作和奮鬥對唐人街發展作出的貢獻

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