Sze Yap (Wuyi), including Hoyping, Toishan, Sunwui, Yanping and Hekshan of Guangdong Province in southern China is a typical hometown of many overseas Chinese, especially in North America. The cultural landscape of this area was influenced a lot by the returnees from abroad, ranging from way of life, language, beliefs, thinking to everyday material aspects in many ways. Architectural heritage is one of the key evidences witnessing the life experience of the Sze Yap (Wuyi) people and the cultural exchange made in the past century. As such, Kaiping Diaolou and its villages, architecture built with remittances from overseas during the late 19th century and the earlier 20th century, combining Chinese and Western architectural motifs, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. This lecture will focus on the history and culture of the Sze Yap (Wuyi) area and the overseas Chinese contribution to their hometown in China during the late 19th century and the early 20th century.
Dr. Tan is an Associate Professor focusing on overseas Chinese history and heritage conservation for the Overseas Chinese Hometown Cultural Research Centre of China at Wuyi University. Dr. Tan serves as a history researcher and also a consultant for cultural heritage conservation, including projects for World Cultural Heritage. She was a principal researcher, advocate and advisor for the UNESCO World Heritage inscription of the Kaiping Diaolou and Villages site in China, and established the Cangdong Project for research and practice in real heritage conservation for the site. The project was awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Cultutal Heritage Conservation Award of Merit in 2015, and is now an educational centre for heritage conservation.
Refreshments at 5:00pm, Lecture begins at 5:30pm
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