Public Talk 3, 13 October, 2023

Museums as Bridges of Understanding: The Bahay Tsinoy Experience


Date: Friday 13 October 2023

Time: 12:00 pm to 13:30 pm (BST)

Venue: Online

Zoom ID: 825 3771 6294

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The talk will be given in English. Simultaneous translation into Chinese is provided.

Chair: Dr. Yow Cheun Hoe, Director, Chinese Heritage Centre, Nanyang Technological University

Speaker: Ms. Carmelea Ang See, Director, Bahay Tsinoy, Museum of Chinese in Philippine Life.

Considering what is happening now in our part of Southeast Asia, it is more crucial now, more than ever, to distinguish the Tsinoys (our term for the Chinese in the Philippines) from the new immigrants from mainland China. This talk revolves around the role Bahay Tsinoy plays against this backdrop. The existence of the museum itself as a repository of the historical and cultural legacy of the Chinese in the Philippines showcases the plural diversity of Philippine society. Beyond the physical museum, the myriad ways of reaching out to the public act as a bridge of understanding and acceptance between the Tsinoys (Chinese Filipinos) and mainstream Filipinos.

This is the third talk of a public talk series on diasporic Chinese museums organised as part of a project titled ‘Global Diasporic Chinese Museums Network Initiative’ funded by AHRC. It is led by Dr. Cangbai Wang (University of Westminster) and Dr. Yow Cheun Hoe (Nanyang Technological University) together with Dr. Huimei Zhang (Nanyang Technological University).

The event is jointly organised by HOMELandS (Hub On Migration, Exile, Languages and Spaces) at the University of Westminster and the Chinese Heritage Centre of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

About the speaker:

CARMELEA ANG SEE is the Director of Bahay Tsinoy, Museum of Chinese in Philippine Life and a past president of the Chinese-Filipino organization, Kaisa Para Sa Kaunlaran (Unity for Progress). She teaches Education courses at the College of Education, De La Salle University, Philippines. She is currently taking doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at Lesley University in the US. Her work in the fields of culture and education spans 20 years and includes engagement with the public school sector and other museums around the country and abroad.