China in the Pacific: An Art and Cultural Symposium (Te Papa Tongarewa)

In July, I flew down to Wellington to attend the China in the Pacific symposium hosted by Te Papa Tongarewa. The three day symposium had an impressive line up of speakers which included Emeritus-Professor Atholl Anderson, ANU and Honorary Research Fellow of Te Papa; Theano Jaillet, Director of the Museum of Tahiti and the Islands; Dr. Léopold Mu Si Yan, Senior Advisor of International Affairs, University of French Polynesia and Executive Director, Confucius Institute; and Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Sydney- just to name a few.

There were many interesting presentations throughout the symposium. A real highlight of the symposium were the responses in art and culture, particularly Sean Mallon’s presentation Bruce Is My Uce! Pop Cultural Claims on a Chinese Legacy in the Pacific. Sean’s exploration of the image of Bruce Lee provided new possibilities and approaches for my upcoming project. Other favourites were Kolokesa Mahina Tuai’s Chinese Influences on Tongan Material Culture and Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley’s The Chinese Century: Implications and Challenges.

Sean Mallon

Sean Mallon

Damon Salesa

Damon Salesa

Other highlights include running into my old flat mate Lads aka Adam Ladley. This guy can cook the house down and also happens to be in the band Family Cactus. Some awesome #notetakingtimeswithLads

Good old Lads

Good old Lads

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