sydney chinatown
Original Published Date: 
Friday, July 19, 2019

Full article issued by Western Sydney University.

Distinguished Professor of Cultural Studies Ien Ang, who is based at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, and her colleagues have teamed up with the City of Sydney on an ARC Linkage Projects grant to explore what factors are shaping Chinatown in the 21st century.

The researchers used a variety of approaches, including an analysis of population, immigration and employment data, interviews, student surveys, and observation of participants at events such as the Chinese New Year Festival to research the factors impacting on the cultural development of Chinatown.

Since the team’s report was published in 2016, the City of Sydney has used the findings to develop a strategic plan for the area. The researchers have also summed up their findings in a book, Chinatown Unbound, to be published in 2019. Professor Ang says that as Sydney becomes a more globalised city, urban policies for the area need to strike a balance between celebrating heritage and strengthening global ties to ensure that Chinatown can continue to thrive in the 21st century.

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Image: Sydney Chinatown. Credit: Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).