Happy Year of the Monkey

February 18, 2016
Sue Gee celebrates the Year of the Monkey with a fascinating exhibition

Sue Gee celebrates the Year of the Monkey with a fascinating exhibition at the Waitakere Library.

To celebrate the Year of the Monkey, the multi-talented writer and photographer, Sue Gee, presented an Oral History Exhibition of Chinese voices at the Waitakere Library, in Henderson.

It is open to the public during library hours from 5th February to April 30th.

Last week, a large multi-cultural crowd gathered outside the Gallery and Reading Room where they were welcomed with dainty earthen-ware bowls of green tea. After the blessing by a local kaumatua, the doors opened to a series of giant display boards centred by a screen featuring slides and a video.

The boards contained meticulously researched, written excerpts and photographs of six remarkable New Zealand Born Chinese and their families who had their roots in Guangdong, formerly known as Canton.

Sue Gee and the Waitakere Library Manager addressed their guests, introducing the interviewees who opened their experiences in Aotearoa for discussion.

After the exchange of much warmth and wit, David Yan and singers presented his very moving, wistful ” Farewell Mountins of Guangdong”.

An appetising supper of fabulous Guangdong food was served amid laughter and chatter. It was the perfect ending to a fabulous event.’

A Happy Year of the Monkey to you all!

The crowd gathering for the opening of Sue Gee's Oral History Exhibition, From Guangdong to Aotearoa, at the Waitakere Library

The crowd gathering for the opening of Sue Gee’s Oral History Exhibition, From Guangdong to Aotearoa, at the Waitakere Library

The guest speaker from Rotorua in her beautiful, traditional, embroidered jacket.tradition

The guest speaker from Rotorua in her beautiful, traditional, embroidered jacket

The Manager of the Waitakere Library

The Manager of the Waitakere Library

Some of the interviewees whose ancestors came from Guangdong

Some of the interviewees whose ancestors came from Guangdong