Approximately 80 % of the Chinese Overseas lives in Southeast Asia, constituting the largest Chinese population outside China. It is generally agreed that when the Chinese arrived in Southeast Asia, they congregated in certain areas which later developed into “Chinatowns”.
A wide spectrum of factors such as size, economic/ political/ social importance and length of settlement has contributed to, if not determined, the emergence of these Southeast Asia Chinatowns. The changes these Chinatowns have undergone also vary from country to country and from period to period. This exhibition , presented by Chinese Heritage Centre and HuayiNet, aims to examine Southeast Asia Chinatowns in the face of increasing globalization. This exhibition is now ongoing at the Central Library lobby till 16 April, after which it will be moved to Chinese Library 6 Level and remain there until 12 May 2009.
In conjunction with this exhibition, there will be a book exhibition and two talks on Chinatowns. The book exhibition is held at Chinese Library 6 Level. Details of the talks are as follows:
1) “ ‘Chinatowns’ in the cosmopolitan cities of Southeast Asia” on 2 April 2009 (Thursday) from 3 to 5pm in Theatrette 1, Central Library. The talk is given by Associate Professor Johannes Widodo and will be conducted in English. This is jointly organised by Chinese Library, Chinese in Southeast Asia Research Group, Chinese Studies Department and Central Library.
2) “Chinatown, past and present” (唐人街今昔谈) on 6 April 2009 (Monday) from 3 to 5pm in Theatrette 1, Central Library. The talk is given by Professor Leo Suryadinata (廖建裕教授) and will be conducted in Mandarin. This is jointly organised by Chinese Library and Chinese in Southeast Asia Research Group, Chinese in Southeast Asia Research Group, Chinese Studies Department and Central Library.
All are welcome!
四月二日 （星期四） 下午3-5时 中央图书馆第一讲堂 英语讲座 “东南亚全球化城市中的唐人街”（ Johannne Widodo 副教授主讲）
四月六日 （星期一） 下午3-5时 中央图书馆第一讲堂 华语讲座 “唐人街今昔谈”（廖建裕教授主讲）