Last month, China: Home and Away, the sixth podcast in the LSE Review of Books podcast series, featured a walk through London’s Chinatown with Middlesex University’s Professor Rosemary Sales and Xia Lin. In their paper, Cityscapes of Diaspora: Images and Realities of London’s Chinatown, Sales, Lin and a team of researchers sought to provide a critical understanding of the relationship between Chinatown and diasporic identities and practice. LSE Review of Books Editor Amy Mollett traversed the central London space with the research pair to unearth the area’s many curiosities and complexities and also to discover the significance it holds for the British capital’s Chinese immigrants.
Here we map out several points of interest in London’s Chinatown. Simply click on the blue map pins below to stream slideshows, original content and podcast excerpts.
Start at the pagoda, the traditional meeting place, to hear how the urban space is used for different groups. Or zip off to the middle of Gerrard Street to hear about the sensitivities around Chinatown’s asylum seekers.The map is yours to explore at home or on the move.