HIST 482: The Heritage of Chinese Migration

Partnering with Shaw College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the Kaiping Village Conservation and Development project, students will have the opportunity to explore the history, cultures, and geographies of Cantonese migration from the “Szeyup” (or “Four Counties”) area in Guangdong (Canton) Province. In addition, students will explore the historical, cultural, and urban landscapes in Hong Kong and Vancouver with CUHK students. This is a field course in which students would spend 10 days in rural Kaiping helping conserve the historic heritage buildings while learning conservation philosophy and techniques and history. Coursework will include field trips, workshops, lectures, bicycle tours of the countryside, as well as hands-on experience in conservation work. The program intends to encourage students to develop and refine their respective writing, research, project management, film and team work skills. In addition, UBC students will have the opportunity to meet, learn from, and work with students from Hong Kong and China. This is ideal for anyone looking for a short yet rewarding academic, social, and travel exchange and field work experience.


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Winter 2018

HIST482 Chinese Migration Sections

This history of Chinese migrations from the founding of the state to the present day. Migration is used as a focus through which to examine some key themes of Chinese history; ethnicity, boundary creation, economic growth and international relations.

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Dr. Henry Yu is a scholar of Chinese migration, focused in particular on trans-Pacific migrations. He is involved in the Hong Kong Canada Cross Currents project that is examining the flows of people, goods, and ideas between Hong Kong and Canada from 1962 to 2012, and was the Project Lead for a $1.17 million public history project entitled “Chinese Canadian Stories” between 2010-2012. Chinese Canadian Stories was a collaboration between UBC, SFU, and 29 community groups across Canada. Featuring a web portal as well as resources for researchers and teachers. The object was to engage scholars with K–12 teachers and community groups to collaborative create new research and learning materials. New oral histories and resources were created and made accessible on the internet, as well as through mobile museum kiosks and accessible electronic teaching resources. The project was completed in 2012.