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Object-stories of British Chinese women online exhibition launched

Languages 13 July 2018

object stories of british chinese women

Two generations of British Chinese women and the academic community came together for the first time to celebrate the identities and diversity of British Chinese women.

In recognising the lack of academic research and public visibility relating to British Chinese women, this doctoral project invited over 30 British Chinese women in London to select objects to speak about their sense of self and journey as women.

This creative strategy aims to bring attention to lesser heard voices. Using the inspiration of the object, the women attended an art workshop where they visually explored the stories of their objects. As such, movement and migration is marked by materiality and through the material worlds of British Chinese women, we gain an insight into their lives as lived and imagined through art.

The project is undertaken by Denise Kwan from Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities as part of her doctoral research. The launch event of the 'Object-Stories' online exhibition was marked with an opening event at the University of Westminster on 28 June, 2018, as part of a HOMELandS symposium on migrant communities in global London.

Two generations of British Chinese women and the academic community came together for the first time to celebrate the identities and diversity of British Chinese women. This online exhibition offers a snapshot into the material worlds and artworks of British Chinese women.


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