Cherita Lebuh ChuliaBy Kuah Li Feng / 柯俐芬
|Date : Saturday, 3 May 2014
Time : 2.00pm-3.30pm
Venue : George Town World Heritage Inc.
116 & 118, Lebuh Acheh
Language : Mandarin
Trams plying at snail's pace along the street
Coolies camping along the five-foot way
Children playing kites in empty compounds
Foreign sailors partying at Hong Kong Bar
Mainland customers buying duty-free pulikat in bulk
Men smoking opium in wooden huts
|These activities on Chulia Street from the 1940s up until 1970 are etched in the minds of many long-time residents of the street. A location only becomes a place when a memory is attached to it. Chulia Street to visitors today may be just like any other tourist area of backpackers' inns, convenience stores and bus stops. But to people who have lived or worked here for decades, the street is home; some being families of four generations. It is where family businesses took root, where fame and fortune was found and also where bitter memories took place.
The talk will present memories and stories depicted in the “Cherita Lebuh Chulia” illustrated storybook. “Cherita Lebuh Chulia” is a pilot community oral history project undertaken by GTWHI in 2013, with the objective to document, preserve and present local history narratives.
|About the speaker/ 主讲人背景:
Kuah Li Feng is a cultural practitioner. Her work focuses in the area of documentation, interpretation and presentation of local history and culture. She is appointed by GTWHI as oral history project coordinator, with a long term aim to build an oral history collection for the institution. She is also a committee member of Arts-ED, a non-profit organisation which specialises in innovative community-based arts and culture education for young people and adult communities.
|** “Talking Books” is held as a related event to GTWHI Resource Centre’s “Books of the Month” programme. The “Books of the Month” programme aims to introduce heritage related books to readers, with associated talks and eventsto highlight the varied heritage elements of George Town World Heritage Site. GTWHI’s Resource Centre is available for public use, for both casual reading as well as research purposes, and is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.