AHI public lecture - Tracing Chinese footprints in Auckland

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Engineering lecture theatre 439 (401-439),

20 Symonds Street

Auckland, Auckland 1010

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 27 NOVEMBER 2020.

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Tracing Chinese Footprints in Auckland

At a time when the global threat of COVID-19 (Aka Wuhan Coronavirus) is sweeping round many countries, here in New Zealand we have witnessed various incidents where Chinese people are targeted as carriers of the deadly virus and suffered different degrees of abuse. Seeing the Chinese as contaminants and spreaders of disease has a long history in New Zealand. From the 1850s the popular press carried editorials, poems and pseudo-scientific treatises identifying the Chinese as unhygienic harbingers of 'hideous diseases' like smallpox and leprosy.

This lecture will trace the Chinese footprints in Auckland from the 19th century onwards. Neglected and overlooked by mainstream New Zealand, the Auckland Chinese had always played active roles in many sectors of the Queen City from its earliest days. Longstanding Chinese businesses like those of the Ah Chees and the Wong Doos occupied prominent sites around Queen Street and Hobson Street. These, together with numerous fruit shops, laundries, eateries and merchandise shops in suburbs ranging from Mt Albert, Mt Roskill, to Pitt Street and K Road in the City Centre, wove a rich Chinese element into Auckland's cultural fabric. Chinese market gardeners were responsible for providing fresh produce to the Auckland population, and from 1900s onwards, their gardens ranged from Grey Lynn to Western Springs to Carlaw Park in the modern CBD.

This lecture will follow the AHI Symposium taking place in Waipapa Marae on the same day. For more information on the Symposium, click here.

Date and Time: Friday 27 November 2020

Location: To be confirmed

This will be followed by a reception in the Neon Foyer outside the lecture theatre.

Professor Emeritus Manying Ip CNZM, FRSNZ is Professor Emeritus at the School of Asian Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her publications include nine much acclaimed books and more than 30 chapters and articles. She is a respected advocate for the New Zealand Chinese community and public commentator on Asian issues.

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