All Our Stories – Heritage Lottery Fund

Our Heritage 2012 – 2013

A 1-year grant of £9,900 was awarded to the Swansea Chinese Community Co-op Centre (SCCCC) to research and record digital stories about the first generation of Chinese migrants settling into Swansea and its surrounding areas. The project produced a DVD which contained all research conducted, plus ten interviews from local Chinese migrants and their experiences. The DVD can be found in Swansea University Library and the West Glamorgan Archive Service. Interview clips are also available to view on YouTube .

Aims:

  • To research and document findings from newspaper and census archives for stories and records of Chinese migrants in Swansea and its surrounding areas;
  • To create digital stories of the memories of Chinese migrants settling into Swansea and its surrounding areas;
  • To recruit young volunteers as part of the project so that they may learn about their local Chinese heritage;
  • To produce a DVD with the compiled research and interviews for future generations to learn about local Chinese heritage, including photographic collections of their memories.

Key Findings:

  • Research conducted at the West Glamorgan Archives revealed the earliest documents to indicate the presence of Chinese migrants in Swansea are dated a century ago;
  • The first migrants came predominantly from Guangzhou (or Canton as it was recorded in past records) and the Southern regions of China;