This course is led by UBC faculty member Henry Yu.
This unique field study in Vancouver, Hong Kong, Kaiping, Singapore and Malaysia will allow you to explore multi-disciplinary perspectives on the histories, cultures, and geographies of Cantonese migration. These migration networks primarily stem from the “Szeyup” or “Four Counties” area of Canton (Guangdong) Province, the home region of many overseas Chinese who went to Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries.
By visiting the different sites, you will develop an understanding of regional approaches to heritage conservation of historical, cultural, and natural landscapes in Kaiping, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vancouver that will inform the development of their community-based research projects.
Key themes include:
- an investigation of the historical context of Chinese migration to North America
- forms and causes of segregation
- the evolution of food practices and foodways
- cultural heritage preservation
- the changing livelihoods of residents and migrants over time and space
- UNESCO world heritage site designation process
Field excursions in Vancouver’s Chinatown, Burnaby Village Museum, Kaiping Diaolou and Villages, Hong Kong, SIngapore and Malaysia will complement in-class work.