China is the home for 56 official ethnic groups. The largest group, the Han, make up over 93% of China 's vast population, and it is the elements of Han civilization that world considers "Chinese culture." Yet, the 55 ethnic minorities, nestled away on China 's vast frontiers, maintain their own rich traditions and customs, and all are part of Chinese culture.
Most of these ethnic minorities live in the vast areas of the West, Southwest and Northwest. Although minority ethnic groups account for about 7% of the population, they are distributed over some 50% of Chinese-controlled territory, mostly in border regions.
Our collection is trying to highlight today's minorities' life in the context of a society's huge transformation. Films and pictures were taken during our trip to South-west border of China in October 2018.
Only fragments of this greatest of all human civilizations on earth can be represented here
. But it is hoped to develop this part of the website so that both those who know parts of China, and those who have never been there, can gain some glimpses of its infinite richness and variety.
This collection will include films and photographs from visit from 2002 onwards among the places covered will be Beijing, Tianjin, Shenyang, and remote towns and villages in Liaoning Province (Manchuria). The visit in 2017 was organised by Professor James Lee and his associates and allowed us to investigate the rapidly changing conditions in Northeast China. We looked though new industrial factories, universities, health sites(web link
)and local village government among other things.
The collection will include films and photographs on the natural and cultural scenes along the biggest river in China - Yangtze River. It will explore the night life of Wuhan, the rapid change around the flooded Yangtze river, the last walkways in the Three Gorges, the amazing towers and shops of Shanghai.