Former Stourport student's exhibition launched in Birmingham

EXHIBITION: WaiLo Li, right, with James Wong, managing director of the Chung Ying Group and Mr Woon Wing Yip OBE, project participant and chairman of Wing Yip Superstores at the launch of Chinese Lives in Birmingham.

EXHIBITION: WaiLo Li, right, with James Wong, managing director of the Chung Ying Group and Mr Woon Wing Yip OBE, project participant and chairman of Wing Yip Superstores at the launch of Chinese Lives in Birmingham.

First published in Local Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A FORMER Stourport student has been working on the West Midlands' first British-Chinese heritage project, which was officially launched at The Cube, in Birmingham.

WaiLo Li, 29, who attended Stourport High School, helped co-ordinate the project, designed to capture the hidden histories of Birmingham's Chinese community.

Miss Li said: “It's been an absolute privilege to be part of the project, both as a volunteer and as a participant.

“Some of the interviewees in their 80s and 90s have got absolutely fascinating tales to tell - of determination, grit and courage from their journeys of migration - it's been really inspirational and crucial to capture before it's too late."

The project, titled Chinese Lives in Birmingham, is being exhibited at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts until June 8 before being permanently archived in the Library of Birmingham thereafter.

Miss Li is also the founder of Project TOM, a voluntary, non-profit group that encourages more young people into charity work, which provided volunteers to help organise the heritage project.

She said: “The historical project looks at the lives of individual migrants and British Chinese through different life stories, as well as the development of the Chinese community in Birmingham - an integral part of the city's history over the last six decades."

Spearheaded by the Chinese Community Centre Birmingham (CCC-B) in Digbeth, the output includes a blog, a booklet and a visual exhibition, as well as audio recordings of the interviews.

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