“建理想愛城華埠 學者:助族裔融和”

2016-06-14 –  星島日報

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利德蕙指出 認識歷史 十分重要

由愛民頓中華會館主辦的第二屆華埠會議(Chinatown Conference),上周末(11及12日)於亞伯達大學舉行,會議目的是集合北美各地華埠的代表,商討如何保留及發展富歷史和文化價值的愛民頓華埠區。
中華會館主席李世昌指出,華埠的發展其實與整個市區、尤其是市中心區的發展息息相關。他說:「因為現時愛城華埠的發展不如理想,而市府也有意把華埠重新規劃及發展,促使我去更深入探討問題。我特此去過其他城市的華埠視察,也看到一些值得學習的地方,因此這次邀請其他城市華埠的代表及專家前來參加會議,交流意見,彼此學習,建設更理想的華埠。」

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“Challenges for Chinatown”

June, 10, 2016 – CBC On the Coast (Audio: 53:04 – 1:05:33)

“为什么美国的华埠仍然重要”

2016-05-17  – 纽约时报

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迪恩·王(Dean Wong,音)1982年的一张精彩照片虽然是自拍,但却看不到他的面孔。照片拍摄于西雅图华埠,片中他戴着光可鉴人的金属头盔,镜头聚焦在头盔后面反射出的一群住在附近的居民。这是一种隐喻:正是这些人与这个故乡的社区塑造了王先生,他们令他着迷。

这张照片收录在王先生的新书《看见光明:华埠40年》(Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown,Chin Music出版社)中。它聚焦西雅图,不过也收入了旧金山、纽约和不列颠哥伦比亚省温哥华的照片。照片配有简短的轶事散文。几十年来,主流文化对华人社区的描述充满偏见,极为单一,仿佛它只是充满异国情调、与外界隔绝而又无关紧要,人们只在这里订快餐,或是在春节时对这里丰富多彩的各种仪式表示一下惊叹,这本书堪称一种有力的反拨。尽管外界对华埠有着顽固的刻板印象,认为它只是一个充满活力与异域风情的地方,这些照片提醒我们,华埠还承担着重要的社会功能,它是新移民的门户与家园;是艺术、历史与传统的守护者;亦是华裔免于歧视的庇护所。为了做到这一点,王先生不是靠精美的图文,而是细致入微地记录日常生活中的仪式,关注那些被主流媒体忽略的人们平凡或不平凡的私人故事。

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“Edmonton conference asks how to save North America’s Chinatowns”

May 28, 2016 – Edmonton Sun

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Chinatowns across North America started as gateways for immigrants and turned into thriving hubs for Asian food and culture.

But with rising rents, gentrification, declining resident populations and competition from suburban amenities, the future of many Chinatowns is looking increasingly uncertain.

An international conference coming to Edmonton will ask how to save North America’s Chinatowns.

“Our over-arching question is, ‘Will there be any Chinatowns in the future?” said conference organizer Lan Chan.

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“Why Chinatown Still Matters”

May, 16, 2016 – The New York Times

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There is one thing we do not see in a compelling 1982 self-portrait by Dean Wong: his face. Taken in Seattle’s Chinatown, the photograph zeroes in on the back of a metal helmet, polished to a mirrorlike finish. In it is reflected a crowd of neighborhood residents — a metaphor for the people and hometown community that have shaped and fascinated Mr. Wong.

The image appears in Mr. Wong’s new book, “Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown” (Chin Music Press), which centers on Seattle but includes images from other cities, including San Francisco, New York and Vancouver, British Columbia. Juxtaposing photographs with short, anecdotal essays, the book serves as a powerful corrective to decades of one-dimensional and blinkered reporting on neighborhoods generally represented in the cultural mainstream as exotic, insular or irrelevant, as places to order a quick meal or marvel at the colorful rituals of the Chinese New Year.

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