In October 2009, Ming-Ai (London) Institute has been awarded grant from the Government’s new Transformation Fund for informal adult learning, to run “The Evolution and History of British Chinese Work Force” project.

Chungwen Li, the Dean of Ming-Ai, also the Project Manager of the project, said: “This is the second oral history project that Ming-Ai is running this year. We are very happy to be able to provide a new learning method -- to acquire new skills and contributing to the community at the same time.”

The recruitment of the voluntary production team for the project started in October 2009; each of them will have specific roles. The most exciting parts of the project are to create history while recording the history, and to present it artistically.

Claire Robinson, Transformation Fund Project Manager on behalf of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), said: “NIACE is very happy to be supporting the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in the management of the Transformation Fund to fulfil the recommendations of the Government’s Learning Revolution for informal adult learning.”

She continued, “The hundreds of bids we have received have displayed high standards of quality, highlighting the vast breadth of projects that are out there with an adult learning focus. The innovative nature of the winning projects is sure to transform the way adults learn, improving well-being and building confidence along the way. The projects have the potential to not only help individuals, but to benefit communities as well."

~ March 2010 



Besides the project production team (project volunteers) and the project interviewees, there are also many unknown heroes behind the project, these contributors helped us in different ways and we are not able to deliver the project without their help.


Mrs Dianne Ayres, Mr Gregor Benton, Mr Michael Bolger, Mrs Karen Broutsos, Dr Cheng Chan, Mrs Sherry Kuei-Chan, Mr Alan Chau, Mr C K Cheung, Mr Stephen Craig, Mrs Maria Ejsmont-Rybicka, Mrs Polly Green, Mrs Joyce Lee-Ho, Ms Nicola Pottage, Mr Alan Lam, Mr Kam Sang Law, Ms Miranda Li, Mr Wing Hong Li, Ms Lisa Mok, Mr Alan Seatwo, Mrs Chloe R Philips, Mr James Thomson, Ms Rachel Yang, and Mr Alan Worsfold.

Action for Children, Glasgow; Bute Town History & Art Centre, Cardiff; Chinese Association of Tower Hamlets; Chun Yee Society, London; Discovery Museum, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museum; East London Cemetery; Hondo Trading Co. Ltd., Liverpool; Liverpool Chinese Pagoda Community Centre; Liverpool Community Information; London Metropolitan Archives; The Mitchell Library, Glasgow; National Museums Liverpool; Ricefield Chinese Arts and Culture Centre; San Jai Chinese Project, Glasgow; Scotland China Association; St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, London; Wah Sing Chinese Community Centre; Wai Yin Chinese Women Society, Manchester; and Wing Hong Elderly Centre, Glasgow.

(in alphabetical order)



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