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A New Zealand Organization Plans to Shot a Documentary Film about Chinese in Otago Gold Rush

2016-04-05 Source: www.chinaqw.com

 

It is cited by skykiwi.com from NZ Herald that Dunedin Chinese Garden Trust has received NZ$20,000 financial support from Otago Community Trust for the production of a documentary film about Chinese prospectors in the 1860’s in New Zealand.

(Chinese gold prospectors in Central Otago, New Zealand)

 

It was proposed by some Chinese people in New Zealand in 1998 that a Chinese garden should be built in Dunedin in the hope of “getting a view of homeland in foreign land”, and the Dunedin Chinese Garden Trust was therefore established. The garden is finally completed by way of fundraising and cooperation with partners in Shanghai.

 

Recently the Trust has decided to invest a large amount of money in the shooting of a documentary film featuring generations of Chinese prospectors in Otago Gold Rush. Sean Brosnahanm, Curator of Otago Museum of Immigrants, will look deep into the history and show it in the film. The film tells the immigration of Chinese gold prospectors in the mid-19th century and gives a general account of the Chinese immigrants in the 20th century. Interviews with experts and old photos will be presented in the film.


(Chinese gold prospectors in New Zealand)

 

The Otago Gold Rush was a gold rush that occurred during the 1860s in Central Otago, New Zealand. This was the country's biggest gold strike, and led to a rapid influx of foreign miners to the area including Chinese.

 

Many Chinese had emigrated from Guangdong to Otago since the 1860’s. It was encouraged by the government of Otago because Chinese immigrants could solve the problem of labor shortage in the gold fields. There huge gap between Chinese and other prospectors in appearance, dressing style and language, so they went through many challenges like racial discrimination and extreme climate. Their hardships were obscured by the dust of history as the prospectors died and were buried in the earth.

 

The film will reconstruct the gold extraction of Chinese prospectors and show the poignant history to the audience in an objective and realistic style, so stay tuned.

 

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