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Historical research can surprise and bring fresh insights into people’s lives. And sometimes it destroys stereotypes.

The co-authors of Merchant Miner Mandarin: The Life and Times of the Remarkable Choie Sew HoyJenny Sew Hoy Agnew and Trevor Agnew, offer an illustrated talk about the part played by early Chinese migrants in New Zealand’s colonial history. The authors have spent years researching the experiences of Cantonese men and women in 19th century Aotearoa-New Zealand. Using photographs and personal accounts, they show how and why many early Cantonese migrants thrived despite multiple challenges.

COVID-19 update. Ticket allocation is for the current Alert Level. If there is a change back to Level 2 at the time of the festival, tickets purchased under the original Level 2 requirements will be given preference. Refunds will be processed by Eventfinda for tickets no longer valid under updated conditions.

Friday, 30 October
The Piano, 156 Armagh St 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Free - please register
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