27 September, 2017

Join this special one-time screening of a film that explores the incredible story of Otago’s Chinese community.   

The project, by Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, has shed new light on the lives of Central Otago's Cantonese goldminers.  As well as the screening, we will have special guest Sean Brosnahan, Museum curator, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and presenter of the film for a Q&A session.

Auckland, 22 September 2017 – New Zealand Chinese Association and NZ Asia Institute will be hosting a onetime screening of the documentary “The Journey To Lan Yuan” at The University of Auckland Business School, Owen Glenn Building, OGGB3 on 8TH November 2017 at 7pm.

The project, by Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, shed new light on the lives of Central Otago's Cantonese goldminers, as well as the subsequent generations of Chinese who fled to New Zealand to escape World War II.

The producers travelled to remote locations in Central Otago and to China to retrace the steps of the men who were driven to New Zealand by desperation.

The Journey To Lan Yuan is based on the works of New Zealand historian Jim Ng, whose family took refuge here after the Japanese army moved in on China in the 1930s.

View the preview for the film at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDc-ZS2A73Q

Following the screening we will have an exclusive Q&A with Sean Brosnahan.

  • Sean has worked at the Toitu Otago Settlers museum since 1988 and has been prominent in developing exhibitions on Otago’s Chinese history for over 25 years. He will be sharing his experiences and insight into the research that the museum has gathered over the years and his experience is being part of this project.

Tickets can be purchased by emailing auckland.events@nzchinese.org.nz