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Lynette Shum will speak on "Haining Street – With Both Eyes Open"

Lynette Shum looks at the place that was once Wellington’s ‘Chinatown’.

Lynette will talk about the results of her research, seeking to uncover the ‘reality’ of a life lived in and around Tongyan Gai, as Chinese themselves called it. This contrasts with the exoticised and sensationalised images promoted by the print media and gossip of those years. These competing narratives have a continuing relevance to an understanding of how both Chinese and other New Zealanders see themselves and the Other. The talk will be illustrated by vintage photos and excerpts from interviews.

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NZCFS member Lynette is a third-generation Chinese New Zealander. She spent the first year of her life in her grandmother's laundry on the edge of Chinatown. But within one generation, the existence of this Chinatown was forgotten, so it was a revelation to her researching Haining Street. Her research became a MA thesis which she hopes to one day turn into a book. She is the Oral History Adviser at the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand.

Optional buffet dinner

Want to join us for a delicious buffet dinner at the venue, after the meeting? Please choose 'RSVP - Dinner $13' when booking your ticket. We need to keep track of numbers so we can let our caterer (KC Cafe) know in advance - so please book by no later than 18 July to reserve your spot!

You can pay for your meal ($13 per person) by payment to our ANZ bank account 11-7200-0080836-11. Please use your name as a reference. Otherwise you can make cash payment at the door.

If you think you may be arriving late, please let our Secretary know in advance (secretarynzcfswellington@yahoo.co.nz).

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