CI Talk: Understanding the Multiple Meanings and Spaces of Manchester’s Chinatown
|Starts:||18:00 24 Sep 2019|
|Ends:||19:00 24 Sep 2019|
|What is it:||Talk|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
Discussing the results of research undertaken in Manchester’s Chinatown, this talk will explore the multiple meanings of the site, exploring how Chinatown allows for acts of social and economic interaction, cultural celebration and identity expression. In an attempt to look beyond common understandings of Chinatown’s as static spaces defined by exotic imagery and touristic interest, this talk will explore how both the physical space and the cultural meanings within Manchester’s Chinatown have come to shape the space we know today.
Food spaces in particular have been studied to explore their role in Chinatown, as well as the work of organisations such as The Confucius Institute. It will draw some comparisons to Vancouver’s Chinatown and in doing so, raise a discussion of the multiple challenges that Chinatowns’s can face when attempting to exist as culturally and economically significant spaces in the context of rapid urban change and racial marginalisation.
Travel and Contact Information
Manchester Central Library
St Peter's Square