Winter Lecture 5 - Chinese in the cultural mosaic: New Zealand thirty years on Event as iCalendar

30 August 2017

1 - 2pm

Venue: Conference Centre Lecture Theatre

Location: Room 423-342, Symonds Street entrance level, 22 Symonds Street

Host: School of Environment

Cost: Free

Speaker: Emeritus Professor Manying Ip, School of Asian Studies, University of Auckland

This lecture argues that the changing place of the Chinese in this country’s cultural mosaic is one of the most salient features marking New Zealand’s transformation over the last three decades and into the 21st century. As a visible minority, the Chinese have faced formidable hurdles to ‘fit in’, to find suitable employment, and to meaningfully engage with mainstream New Zealanders.  Indeed, the rather bitter joke circulating among the Chinese is that any ills of New Zealand society could be blamed on them: from house prices, milk powder, jobs, health and education or their own mobility, the accusing finger is often directed at the Chinese.

After thirty years, some substantial transformation is visible and there are various ‘Chinese success stories’, many of these partly facilitated by the spectacular rise of China as an economic power.  While the Chinese in New Zealand are widely seen as a useful link to the country’s second largest trading partner, and an increasingly formidable political power in the Pacific,  genuine integration is yet to be achieved. Ultimately, the story of Chinese New Zealanders is that of a diasporic population, with various links to a distant sending country.  With their considerable personal strengths, how can they contribute further to a better future for themselves and for their country of adoption?


The Winter Lecture series:

This lecture is the fifth in a series of six lectures on consecutive Wednesdays - Nation Transformed: the place of migration in 21st century Aotearoa-New Zealand

Contact: Dr Francis Collins or Dr Ward Friesen

Nation Transformed: the place of migration in 21st century Aotearoa-New Zealand. Background image is a cityscape of Auckland, looking out towards the harbor. It spans from Herne Bay on the left to the Sky Tower on the right. The motorway interchange with streaks of car lights, and adjacent walkway is in foreground, towards the right.