New Zealand’s “Going Bananas” is back again this year to bring more special memories
By popular demand after a five year hiatus, New Zealand’s iconic and unique conference returns to challenge perceptions of what it means to be Chinese and celebrate the journeys, stories and identities of leading local and overseas born Chinese personalities.
The conference will again be held at The University of Auckland Business School on Saturday, 31 May and Sunday, 1 June, 2014.
This conference is the fifth event in the Going Bananas cycle. We continue to build a community of interest in Chinese lives and experiences. We offer everyone a fresh way to explore and understand the impact Chinese communities make in New Zealand and on the global stage.
Download the programme here (PDF) and register for the conference online.
The conference will follow a similar format to the previous Banana conferences with a Welcome Reception on the Friday evening at which we will launch the sequel “Destinies Divided: A Story of the Chinese Diaspora in WW1” by Meemee Phipps to her best selling novel “ Memories in the Bone”. However this year we are fortunate to be able to also arrange at 4.30pm on Friday afternoon with assistance from the University of Auckland Creative Thinking Board, “A Creative Conversation with Anthony Hoy Fong”, the celebrity NZ – born chef and entrepreneur now working in New York.
Thereafter, in the two day conference itself, we have Mai Chen confirmed as the Keynote Speaker on Day 1 talking about “The Leadership Role Chinese NZers can play to build NZ Inc: Changing your Mindset” plus we are asking Hon Pita Sharples to be the Keynote Speaker on Day 2 to lead the discussions on Chinese / Maori relationships in a multicultural Aotearoa.
We have also arranged high profile and exciting personalities from USA, Canada, Asia & Australia and from throughout New Zealand to speak on various topics including the following :-
- High Flying Bananas (Anthony Hoy Fong, Annie Chen- Green, John & Michael Chow, Paul Croucher)
- Where’s the Yellow Peril – Alive or Dead? – Early Settlers & Poll Tax (James Ng), Recent Settlers (Manying Ip)
- Global Dragon Voices –
-David H T Wong – “Escape to Gold Mountain” ( A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America);
-Daphne Lowe Kelley – Finding the Australian Chinese Voice
- SS Ventnor Saga – The Call of the Ancestors – Wong Liu Sheung & Lynda Chanwai-Earle (Radio NZ)
- Dragon & Taniwha Relationships – Meng Foon, Hon Pita Sharples & Mary-Anne Lee
- Emerging Bananas Have Their Say – Tyla Nathan Wong, Jordan Hui, Alice Wang, Deana Yang
- Bananas in the Dragon Den – Living & Working in China & Asia (Eric Chuah, Lester Khoo, Pat English)
- Diverse Bananas – Inter Cultural Relationships – Dr Kathie Blunt from Australia & Gar Kee Wu from NZ
- Creative Cool Bananas –Renae Liang (Playwright), Weilun Ha (painter), J J Fong (actress), Dion Hitchens (Sculptor)
- Asianisation of Auckland – Pro Vice Chancellor Paul Spoonley (Massey University)
For more information, please visit and download their brochure: www.goingbananas.org.nz/PDF/2014_BananaConference.pdf
Link to speakers list:
Illustrated Cultural Narratives: How creative diversity led to my discovery of the Graphic Novel
- The term ‘graphic novel’ is often used to describe a wide variety of forms, including: illustrated memoir, history, and lyric prose, as well as fiction of all types. Beyond its origins in comic book culture, illustrated narrative has hit its stride as a form of literature unto itself, and in a publishing world still adapting to the digital age, illustrated narrative continues to thrive in the printed book form.
- Comic books have always had universal appeal, and have been reinvigorated in lengthened formats known as the graphic novel.This workshop will explore the graphic narrative: it’s all about the story; how ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity helps the creative industries; word crafting: the art of reducing words in talk bubbles; stereotypes!?
- for more information, please visit: ExplorAsian 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
at the UBC Learning Exchange (612 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2V3)
$25 net proceeds go to explorASIAN - please register online.
- March 15th, 22nd, 29th, April 5th 2014. (Saturdays)
- Introduction to the Illustrated Narrative (CPW 620)
- The term ‘graphic novel’ is often used to describe a wide variety of forms, including: illustrated memoir, history, and lyric prose, as well as fiction of all types. Beyond its origins in comic book culture, illustrated narrative has hit its stride as a form of literature unto itself, and in a publishing world still adapting to the digital age, illustrated narrative continues to thrive in the printed book form. This course will help you explore how to tell your own story through images and text. You don’t need to be a professional illustrator, nor do you need to have a lot of writing experience. But through interactive study with an experienced graphic storyteller, you will be able to begin and refine the development of your own story, voice, and style.
- People often use the term “graphic novel” to describe a wide variety of forms, including illustrated memoir, history and lyric prose, as well as fiction of all types. Beyond its origins in comic-book culture, illustrated narrative has hit its stride as a form of literature in itself, and in a publishing world still adapting to the digital age, illustrated narrative continues to thrive in printed form.
- This course will help you explore how to tell your own story through images and text. You don’t need to be a professional illustrator, nor do you need to have a lot of writing experience. But through interactive study with an experienced graphic storyteller, you will be able to begin and refine the development of your own story, voice and style.
Courses at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC- downtown campus).
For more info or to Register: www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/courses/cpw/introduction-to-illustrated-narrative.html
- June 20th, 2013. Thursday
“Community Connect“. Cumberland, BC
Miners Memorial Weekend. Cumberland Museum
- June 1st, 2013. Saturday.
ExplorAsian 2013. Vancouver, BC
Honouring two community leaders, as part of the Gala celebrations
- April 20th, 2013. Saturday.
Chinese American Heritage Societies Conference, Seattle, WA
As part of the 3 day CAHS conference
- April 11th, 2013. Thursday.
University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
UMD, Humanities building. Room #314
- January 26th, 2013. Saturday.
American Library Association Midwinter 2013,
Seattle Public Library for an in-booth signing with Arsenal Pulp Press
- January 26th, 2013. Saturday.
Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, Seattle, WA
Speaker at APALA
- January 24th. Thursday (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Admission: Free. Please register on our Facebook page (link here)
Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM),
1400 East Prospect Street
Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA 98112-3303
- Presented by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas in partnership with the Elliott Bay Book Company and Arsenal Pulp Press.
- January 12th. Saturday (2:00 – 4:00pm).
Admission $8. MOV & CCHS members, Free
Museum of Vancouver (MOV), 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC
Sponsored by MOV and Chinese-Canadian Historical Society of BC
For more info, or to register:
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