Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Golden Tide

he Golden Tide was produced by Sonia Yee for Radio New Zealand National. Photograph by Stan Chun.

"I have been truly inspired by the people I met on this journey. For me, as a second-generation Chinese New Zealander it brought things closer to home - real people and real stories that come from multiple and contrasting perspectives.

I interviewed more than 20 participants whose stories at times are unexpected and unsettling, funny and enlightening, but more importantly, reveal the diverse voices and experiences of one of New Zealand's long established communities. My aim for The Golden Tide is to push boundaries - culturally and creatively, to move beyond stereotypes and ultimately share this vision with a broad New Zealand audience...”


Special thanks to: The Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust, all the participants who gave their time so generously, Riki Gooch, Stephen Gallagher, Darren & Jason Pat, Esther & David Fung, Peter Kohing, George & Shirley Sue, Charles Mabbett, Jason McClelland, Matt Thompson, Phil Brownlee, Helena Nimmo, and my mentors; Jack Perkins and Phil Smith.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Chinese New Year 2011 - Year of the Rabbit.

Chinese New Year 2011 - Year of the
Happy Chinese New Year! We invite you to join us for demonstrations and workshops, Chinese Digital Community web tutorials, storytimes, plus music and dance performances.
Saturday 29 January 2011 - Friday 18 February 2011
All locations

Auckland Libraries welcomes the Year of the Rabbit with 80 events across the super city. Join in the fun and competitions! See details for library events in central Auckland:

* Chinese New Year storytimes
* Demonstrations and workshops
* Family history talk: Chinese New Year past and present
* Chinese Digital Community – website tutorials
* Music and dance events

Chinese New Year storytimes

* 1pm, Sunday 30 January – Remuera Library. Storytime and announcement of colouring competition winner.
* 11.30am, Saturday 5 February – Mt Albert Library
* 11am, Monday 7 February – Parnell Library
* 11am, Saturday 12 February – Avondale Library
* 11am, Saturday 12 February – Panmure Library. Chinese storytime and craft activities for children.
* 11am, Sunday 13 February – Central City Library. Bi-lingual storytime.
* 10.30am, Thursday 17 February – Grey Lynn Library. Katie Wang reads Chinese stories to pre-schoolers.
* 10am, Friday 18 February – Pt Chevalier Library. Bi-lingual storytime, music and dance.

Demonstrations and workshops

Calligraphy workshop and demonstration by Glen Innes Chinese Friendship Group
10am – noon, Thursday 3 February
Glen Innes Library

Lunar magic and traditions: a visual presentation
11am – noon, Thursday 10 February
Parnell Library

Chinese crafts and leisure activities for senior citizens
A chance to meet and enjoy activities such as mahjong and calligraphy.
10am, Thursday 10 February
Panmure Library

Chinese dumplings cooking demonstration with Lydia Han
11am, Saturday 12 February
Grey Lynn Library

Lantern-making workshop
3.30pm, Thursday 17 February
Avondale Library

Cooking 'Babi Pongteh' (braised pork with mushroom and bamboo shoots) with Christina McTaggart-Tie
11am, Friday 18 February
Avondale Library

Family history talk – Chinese New Year: past and present

Chinese New Year is an event of the highest importance to Chinese families. Come and hear Helen Wong discuss the past and present of Chinese New Year and its continuing importance within today’s community.
Noon - 1pm, Wednesday 16 February
Central City Library, Whare Wānanga (level 2)
>> Book a seat now.

Chinese Digital Community – website tutorials

Learn how to use the Chinese Digital Community website, a repository of historical and contemporary information for New Zealand’s Chinese community. Terrific for Chinese family history enthusiasts or general knowledge.

* 9am - 10am, Thursday 10 February – St Heliers Library. In English.
* 10am -11am, Wednesday 16 February – Parnell Library. In English.
* 10.30am - noon, Wednesday 16 February – Central City Library. In English.

Music and dance

Performance Day – Chinese instrument performances by Er Hu, bamboo flute solo, Chinese songs, Chinese cultural dance by Epsom Girls Grammar School, and dumpling making demonstration.
11am, Saturday 29 January
Remuera Library

Traditional and contemporary dances performed by Chinese Friendship Group
10.30am - 1.30pm, Tuesday 1 February
Glen Innes Town Centre

Sophie Lin plays guzheng music
4pm, Tuesday 8 February
Blockhouse Bay Library

Chinese New Year Concert – music and dance
3.30pm - 5.30pm, Friday 11 February
Panmure Library

Songs, dance and traditional music by Macang Dance Company
10.30am, Saturday 12 February
Epsom Library

Music and cultural performances
11am, Saturday 12 February
Mt Albert Library

Chinese traditional music and dance by Macang Dance Company
2pm, Sunday 13 February
Central City Library

A celebration of music, fun and treats
10.30am, Saturday 19 February
Onehunga Library

Family entertainment with musicians, stories and dances
11am - 11.30am, Saturday 19 February
Mt Roskill Library

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Ethnic hubs home to entrepreneurs, study finds

Housing in the South Auckland suburb of Meadowlands. Photo / Paul Estcourt

Policymakers are not doing enough to understand ethnic precincts and enclaves, such as Auckland's Asian-style Northcote Shopping Centre, academics from Massey University will tell an immigration conference today.

Sociologists Paul Spoonley and Carina Meares, who have studied two Auckland ethnic precincts - Northcote and Meadowlands near Howick - say it is important to look deeper into these ethnic enclaves because they form a hub of migrant entrepreneurship.

The report, Transforming Space and Place: The Growth of Ethnic Precincts in Auckland, will be discussed at the Pathways, Circuits and Crossroads immigration conference in Wellington.

"[The precincts] provide an access point into unfamiliar business and cultural environments for new migrants, allowing them to operate more easily without extensive local networks and fluency in English," said Dr Meares.

"They also provide migrants with the opportunity to get together, buy familiar products and services, or share a meal and celebrate important cultural events." Professor Spoonley says it is surprising that very little attention is paid to ethnic precincts in light of NZ Immigration's investment in skilled and entrepreneurial immigrants.

He said the study found many migrants became entrepreneurs operating in these precincts because of difficulties in finding jobs and gaining access to mainstream business networks.

"Such precincts epitomise a high level of immigrant entrepreneurship and ethnic retail, food and cultural activity that reflects the establishment of a distinct sub-economy that is markedly different from anything that has previously existed in New Zealand."

The conference, being run by Massey University, the University of Waikato and the Department of Labour will also address policy and economic challenges, economic integration of immigrants and the effect of seasonal migration to New Zealand on households in Tonga and Vanuatu.
By Lincoln Tan | Email Lincoln
5:30 AM Tuesday Dec 7, 2010

Happy 5 Years Old

This blog has been active for 5 years. Thank you to the 1000s who have stopped by in the years. Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous 2011

Balmoral Auckland Chinatown

Mt Albert Chinatown Auckland

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Nothing changes - Wellington 1914


TO THE KDITOIt. Sir,— "The sunset o^ life gives u» mystical lore, And coming events cast their shadows before." I have noticed during the last few years a great increase in the number of Chinese in this city, and many of the newcomers are mere boys of 20 yea^e and under, lam frequently in the principal streets between the horn's of y and 12 a.m., and it often seems that half the men 1 meet are Chinese. The dens, shops, and laundries of these aliens exist all over the city, from tb* Tinakori Hills to Seatoun, and from. Kaiwarra to Island Bay, and the keepers of these dens, shops, and laundries seem to prosper and thrive exceedingly. Every residential Btreet where these Mongolians get a footing and congregate at once degenerates and becomes a> Chinese slum. Everybody who has any respect for themselves or their families moves away and tho street becomes tho resort of the worst of the lowest class in the city, and ultimately whciv ihe Chinese outnumber the white residents the streets or locality Binks to the level of. Haining-htrcet or Little Bourkc-streol, Melbourne, Lower George-&ti'oet, Sydney, or to the lovel of Chinatown in Now York or San Francisco, A considerable and increasing number of Chinoso and half-breed Chinese children are being educated in eomo of our State schools, and by tho close aßsociatiwi of the young of both races the creation of a mongrel race of half-breeds is thus being expedited .by the Government at tlie expense of the heavily overtaxed ratepayers of this white community. As the children of Chinamen take no part or intercii ' tho sports, etc., that takes up so-. •>>»> of the waking hours and thoughts' white youngsters, they havo so much more time and thought for study, and will, in the natural order of things, carry off all the priaes, scholarships, and bursaries provided for the young people of our own race and blood. In the great universities and colleges ot the Commonwealth, founded for and maintained by our own countrymen, an increasing number of Chinese and mongrel half-breeds are going straight for all the great prizes and beat-paid professions, doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc. Thirty or forty years ago the £100 poll tax was no doubt effective, but now it is not, as there are so many wealthy Chinese settled in all our cities and towns, as well as in the great seaport towns and cities of China, who are ready to advance the poll tax, knowing that any Chinaman can save that amount m twelve months after landing here, and that they will get good interest for their ' money. Nor is the education test of much uae, as the great Chineso cities of Canton, Hongkong, Singapore, Shanghai, and others, are under British control, and, of course, the schoolmaster is abroad there, and schools, colleges, and universities are now established. Many millions of Chinese can be landed in Australia and New Zealand by the big shipping companies of Japan and other countries at £?- per head. When I was iti Cooktown, Queensland, in 1874, tho companies were landing them at therate of 1000 per month, and none of them starved, and they made for Ihft gold fields at once. That was bofoio the £100 was placed on their 'heads. A great and bitter cry has been raised by a blubbering section of the community because" it, mew handful of whits boys of our own kith and kin have been recently brought out here from our homeland, bub tho Chinese employers are at perfect liberty to import as muoh Mongolian boy labour as they requiio from Canton, Hongkong, and other Chinese cities. Vet not one word is paid in opposition to them. Hero and in Australia the while race seems to become more and more reconciled to the Chinese, and more und more inclined to receive them on equal terms and to share with them these grand young countries, which we have received 'as ( a noble inheritance from tho groat white race from which we have descended. "The prido of race" seems to be "as dead as a door nail" in the English people of this and the rising generation, and they are as ignorant of the history, traditions, and achievements of tho great race from which they have do scended as the wandering Arabs who eke out a starving existence by grazing their flocks of sheep and goats over tho ruins of tho great cities of Nineveh and Babylon. It is only the "pride of race" that can save the white people of the Pacific Ocean from gradual absorption and ultimate extinction by tho rapidly increasing 500 millions of Mongolians, Tartars, and Chinese, or the 360. millions of black-skinned vaces of India, who aro our next-door neighbours in this hemisphere. The white race here and in the Commonwealth stands to>day in exactly the same position to the Chinese as tho Maoris did to the white settlers in New Zealand in 1845. It is well within tho range of probability that the opening years of the next century will boo , a mighty struggle between tho countless millions of the yellow races of China and tho teeming millions of black races of India for the final possession and control of Australia and New Zealand.— l am, etc., J. H. COLLIER. , Northland, 16th February, 1914.

Evening Post, Volume LXXXVII, Issue 41, 18 February 1914, Page 8