Cangdong Cultural Heritage Month, January 2022

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Sophie Couchman and I will be speaking as part of the Cangdong Cultural Heritage Month Academic Lecture Series on 23 January 2022. The theme of the workshop is ‘Heritage Conservation and Roots Searching in Home Villages of Overseas Chinese’.

Sophie and I will be in conversation with Canadian historian Henry Yu about our Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour and its social impacts.

Also speaking on Sunday are Selia Tan Jinhua from Wuyi University, and Henry Yu and Denise Fong from the University of British Columbia.

The workshop runs for two days – details of the Sunday sessions are below and full details including the Monday program are available in the workshop schedule (pdf, 253kb).

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 12:00pm to 2.30pm AEDT


Meeting ID: 685 6352 4555

Passcode: 2021

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Prof. Jinhua Selia Tan, Wuyi University, China Heritage Conservation and the Cangdong Project
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Prof. Henry Yu, and Denise Fong, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia, Canada A conversation on the construction of the Chinese Canadian Museum in Vancouver Chinatown, from the perspective of heritage preservation and community development
1:15 – 1:20 p.m. Break
1:20 – 2:00 p.m. Dr. Kate Bagnall, University of Tasmania, Australia and Dr. Sophie Couchman, Curator and Historian A conversation on the Australian roots-searching program and its social impact, from the perspective of its organizers
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Presenters Discussion, Q and A

Video highlights

Thanks to Cangdong Heritage Education Center for putting together this video of the session!



  1. Leanne Tam says:

    Happy New Year. That was a very interesting workshop.
    Will this workshop be able to be viewed later?
    After the pandemic is over will you be organising further cultural tours to the same place?
    I was on the 2018 tour and would like to visit my ancestral village (sexual village!?)
    Also would you consider arranging tours to see some of the interesting Chinese museums in North America – Vancouver, San Francisco?
    I would like to suggest that the organisers do not transcribe the Chinese speech into English or get a better transcriber. The Chinese transcribing was all wrong. I don’t think I have laughed so much in a zoom workshop. Even some of the English was wrong see above. I had to stop reading it otherwise I would have missed parts of the workshop.
    Thanks for the link.

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