Chinatown in a Globalizing Southeast Asia

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!

大约有80%的海外的海外华人居住在东南亚,他们构成了中国境外最大的华人族群。一般地说,过去的中国移民到东南亚后喜欢聚居在某些地区,其后这些地区就演变成了今天的唐人街。

这些华人迁居地的面积大小、政经发展、民生情况,以及开拓时间的长短等一系列因素,即便不起决定性作用,至少也出促使了唐人街在东南亚的崛起。这些唐人街经历的变迁也因时因地的不同而展现不同的面貌。这个由华裔馆与华裔网联合呈现的摄影展,旨在展示在日益全球化影响下的东南亚唐人街展现出的各种崭新面貌。

配合这个“全球化的东南亚唐人街”流动摄影展,中文图书馆也在六楼特设“唐人街”书刊展,并联合其他校内团体及部门举行有关唐人街讲座,详情如下:

四月二日 (星期四) 下午3-5 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 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)

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