Happy Lunar New Year: Stories of Chinese New Zealanders

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The Lunar New Year is a great time to learn more about the history of Chinese culture in Aotearoa. To start your journey, we’ve selected a few popular books about the lives of Chinese New Zealanders. The below booklist includes the legendary story of New Zealand’s largest Chinese art collection, the fascinating history of Chinese greengrocers in Aotearoa and work from Wellington’s local Chinese cartoonist, Ant Sang.

You can head to He Matapihi Molesworth Library (located within the National Library) to find these amazing books, and other fascinating reads from our New Zealand collection!

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!

The fruits of our labours : Chinese fruit shops in New Zealand / Lam, Ruth
“Before supermarkets, local fruit and vegetable stores run by Chinese families were a pillar of our communities. The greengrocers’ personal anecdotes, historical documents and photos weaved into the country’s rich social and cultural tapestry. This book was written and researched by Ruth Lam, Beverly Lowe, Helen Wong, Michael Wong, and Carolyn King. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Turning stone into jade : the history of the New Zealand Chinese Association = Diao shi cheng bi / Fung, David
“The story of New Zealand Chinese Association, the oldest Chinese organisation in New Zealand. In its early incarnations, the association offered kinship and a united voice for an often marginalised and fragile minority. The work it has performed and its own struggles to maintain a relevant identity as political change ebbed and flowed in both Asia and New Zealand. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Looking for a better life … : the Chinese poll tax certificate records in Auckland / Wong Hop, David V.
“This book records the Chinese people who arrived in Auckland between 1882 and 1928; Chinese who came from different parts of China and travelled east to the Americas, or south to the Phillipines, Java and Australia. This book is published with support from Chinese New Zealand Oral History Foundation and many Chinese families. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Being Chinese : a New Zealander’s story / Wong, Helene
“Born in New Zealand in 1949, author travelled to southern China where her father was born, then she came face to face with ‘being Chinese’. Drawing on her experience of writing for New Zealand films, she takes the narrative forward through the places of her family’s history – the ancestral village in Zengcheng county, the rural town of Utiku where the Wongs ran a thriving business, and the Lower Hutt suburbs of her childhood.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

New China eye witness: Roger Duff, Rewi Alley and the art of museum diplomacy = Xin zhongguo de mu ji zhe: luojie · dafu, luyi · aili yu bo wu guan wai jiao / edited by James Beattie and Richard Bullen ; Chinese translation by Xiongbo Shi.
“In 1956, Through Alley’s contacts with premier Zhou Enlai and Duff’s diplomatic skills they shipped Chinese art to Canterbury Museum which made the largest Chinese art collection in New Zealand. (Adapted from the Catalogue)

The dharma punks / Sang, Anthony
“Auckland, New Zealand, 1994. A group of anarchist punks have hatched a plan to sabotage the opening of a multi-national fast-food restaurant by blowing it sky-high come opening day. Chopstick has been given the unenviable task of setting the bomb before the opening, but the night takes the first of many unexpected turns when he is separated from his accomplice.” (Adapted from Catalogue)



Libby available in Chinese : 中文版的Libby

It is now possible to use OverDrive’s award-winning app, Libby, in Simplified and in Traditional Chinese. If you already use Simplified or Traditional Chinese with your device, Libby will automatically browse, search and display account information in that language now. By changing the default language on your device within the settings, you can then view Libby in your newly chosen language.
现在可以用简体或者繁体中文来使用Overdrive获奖的 app Libby了。 如果您的设备本来就使用简体或者繁体中文的话,Libby会自动使用该语言进行浏览, 搜索或者显示您的账户信息。通过在设置里修改默认语言, 您就可以在Libby上使用所选择的语言。

We also have an eBook collection in Chinese on the OverDrive platform. To access the collection in your browser, go to our Overdrive website (this is a slightly different, alternate option for accessing the Overdrive platform — an alternative to the Libby website). Under the menu across the top left click on ‘Collections’, and then on ‘Chinese’ under ‘Special’. You should end up here Chinese Collection on Overdrive . The same collection is available on the Libby app. To find it on Libby, click on ‘Library’, and then click on ‘Explore’ — it is listed under ‘Guide: Chinese’.
在 Overdrive 平台上,我们也有中文电子书。您可以使用浏览器在 https://wcl.overdrive.com 获取, 在菜单的左上方点击Collections 然后在“Special”下面点击“Chinese” ,您会看到https://wcl.overdrive.com/library/chinese 这个页面。Libby 上也有同样的书集。 途径是:点击“Library”, 然后点击“Explore”, 然后在“Guide: Chinese” 里面就能找到。

You can also read the OverDrive site in Simplified Chinese. Across the very top right of the page there is an arrow next to ‘English’. Click this to change the browsing language to Simplified Chinese.
您也可以在 Overdrive页面里用简体中文阅读。 在页面的最右上方,有一个箭头就在“English” 旁边, 点击该箭头把浏览语言改成简体中文即可。

Chinese Language Week Events at Wellington City Libraries, in Chinese


更有免费七巧板游戏领取哦!在中文周9月23-9月29日期间,可以向任何一个惠灵顿图书馆和社区中心的前台领取。 New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2018

舞蹈,武术,书法等表演。市中心图书馆底层。 9月29早上11:00-12:00 ,由新西兰中国文化中心和华夏文化艺术协会带来的精彩表演。


中文课,市中心图书馆中层汉语角。 9月29日中午 1:00-2:00点


音乐舞蹈音乐表演, 市中心图书馆底层。 9月 29日下午2:00-3:00 , 由惠灵顿中文学校带来精彩的乐团与舞蹈表演。

请由惠灵顿中文学校带来的充满活力的结合传统与现代的舞蹈和音乐表演 。


市中心图书馆: 9月27日星期四,上午 10:30-11:00点, 中文儿童讲故事时间

阅读中国流行杂志,用龙源杂志在线 DragonSource

欢迎使用龙源杂志。您可使用电脑或手机,随时随地的在线阅读最受欢迎的中文杂志了!例如,凤凰周刊,读者,三联生活周刊, 等等!

欢迎使用图书馆卡免费阅读最新的中国的中文报纸和杂志: PressReader and New York Times . 您还可下载或在线阅读中文电子书:Overdrive.


Chinese Arts at Wellington City Libraries

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Come and learn traditional Chinese handicrafts at the Central Library on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of December! The events will be held from 10am  – 4pm on both days.

Five artists from northern China will demonstrate the traditional handicrafts that include sugar art, Manchu paper-cutting, Liaoning knot art, amber carving and dough modelling. This is organized by the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand.

Best of all, you can learn how to make some of the artwork and take it home!  Please ring 8014083 or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz if you’d like to know more about these events.

– 6 Dec    10:00am-4:00pm,   Sugar art, dough modelling, and paper cutting

– 7 Dec    10:00pm- 4:00pm,    Sugar art, dough modelling, knot making, amber carving, and paper cutting

Chinese reading and writing group

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Are you interested in reading Chinese classic literature and writing articles in Chinese? Do you enjoy having a cup of hot Chinese tea? Your articles could be selected and published on the Chinese Newspaper: HomeVoice. Meetings are held every Friday on 10:00am-12:30pm near the computer books on the First Floor at the Central Library. For more information, please contact: Qiyuan Zhou 5667610.

你喜欢阅读中国传统文学及诗词吗?你喜欢写作和品茶吗?您的文章有可能被选中并发表在惠灵顿乡音报纸上。惠灵顿华文读写协会欢迎您的加入。每周五早上10:00点到中午12:30。 地点是,惠灵顿市中心图书馆二楼(First floor), 电脑书旁。联系人,周起源:5667610。

Chinese Language Week at the library 7-11 September, in Chinese


欢迎来惠林顿市图书馆体验中国语言文化。九月7-11号之间,您可参加很多活动: 包括太极课,中文电影,给儿童有你好中文故事童谣会,等等。全部免费.

Nihao Stories & Rhymes session 你好中文故事童谣会
– 市中心图书馆:每周四早上10:00-10:30.免费.
– Karori图书馆:九月8号周二早上10:30-11:00.免费.
– Johnsonville图书馆: 九月7号周一早上10:30-11:00.免费.
– Kilbirnie图书馆: 九月11号周五早上11:00-11:30.免费.

Syndetics book cover中文入门
-市中心图书馆: 九月8号下午1:00-1:30 。免费。请在图书馆开放时间致电图书馆预订,电话是:8014068(英文)或8014083(中文)。
-Karori图书馆: 九月11号下午3:30-4:00。免费。

Syndetics book cover太极课
腰酸背痛,身心疲惫?有多年经验太极教练Aaron Lavack会来市中心图书馆免费教授阳式太极。太极能够减轻压力,加强放松。太极将在九月11号中午12:30-1:30在市中心图书馆底楼举行。无需预定。

Syndetics book cover中文电影之夜
市中心图书馆: 九月9号晚6:00-8:00费。我们会放映'消失的子弹'。由刘青云,谢霆峰主演. (16禁).

基本 RGB国画课
– 市中心图书馆:9月7号早11:00-12:00.

liu qian xiang书法课
书法家和画家刘谦祥将来Jonsonville图书馆教授中国传统文化:书法。时间是9月11号早11:00-12:00. 免费.
您知道图书馆最高层有惠林顿市的出生,结婚,死亡历史记录吗?您知道图书馆的中文书在哪里吗?中文周中,您可以参加免费的图书馆导览,了解图书馆和图书馆的藏书。这是一个中文的导览。您可参加任一时段:九月7号 和九月10号下午2:30-4:00。请务必预订。请在图书馆开放时间致电图书馆预订,电话是: 8014068(英文) 或8014083(中文)

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欢迎通过惠林顿图书馆PressDisplay 纽约时报免费阅读当天的电子版报纸。
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Learn Chinese with eBooks and eAudio Books

If you are learning to speak Mandarin or Cantonese, or starting to write Chinese characters, you can find help in these free ebooks.

Overdrive cover Mandarin, by Wei Jin (Audiobook)
“The audio course guides learners through a series of 12 short units. Each unit introduces around 5 new key words or phrases before expanding on the basic vocabulary with practice activities, memory tips and culture and etiquette advice. An accompanying 48-page colour booklet provides full transcripts of the conversations as well as helpful hints to guide the user through their learning experience. Unit 1: Greetings Unit 2: Attracting Attention Unit 3: Exchanging Courtesies Unit 4: Asking Questions Unit 5: Where are you from? Unit 6: Going Places Unit 7: Asking Directions Unit 8: Where can we eat? Unit 9: Getting Transport Unit 10: Ordering a drink Unit 11: Asking for a room Unit 12: All about food!” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Dr. Blair’s Chinese In No Time, by Dr. Robert Blair (Audiobook)
“Does the idea of rote memorization and grammar drills bore you? DR. BLAIR’S Chinese (Mandarin) IN NO TIME will teach you how to speak a new language in no time, at the best prices around.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Traveltalk® Chinese Cantonese, by Penton Overseas, Inc. (Audiobook)
“TravelTalk presents a simplified language survival system for travelers. Includes audio in both English & target language to help ensure that travelers will arrive and survive and enjoy communicating with native speakers.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Mandarin, by HarperCollins Publishers (Audiobook)
“Pick up the essentials of the Mandarin language with this easy-to-use audio introduction. Covering everything from finding your way to talking about yourself, this Collins 40-minute audio can help you learn short and simple phrases quickly by just listening and repeating. This audio lesson is also designed to compliment the Collins Gem Mandarin Phrasebook for an indispensable language guide.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Essential Chinese, by Philip Yungkin Lee (eBook)
“A concise Mandarin Chinese phrase book and guide to Chinese language, Essential Chinese contains basic vocabulary necessary for communicating in Mandarin Chinese.” (Abridged from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Instant Chinese, by Boyé Lafayette De Mente (eBook)
“It’s amazing how 100 key words and phrases provide instant communication!D o you want to speak simple Mandarin Chinese but are too busy to study it? Are you visiting China for a short time and want a Mandarin phrase book to help you communicate? If so, this is the book for you. It includes all the essential content necessary to speak basic Mandarin. The idea of Instant Chinese is simple—learn 100 words and phrases and say 1,000 things… A brief guide to pronunciation allows the user to say the phrases correctly.” (Abridged Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover My First Book of Chinese Words, by Faye-Lynn Wu (eBook)
“”Z is for zàijiàn. “Goodbye!” we say—more good times together when we meet another day.” My First Book of Chinese Words introduces Chinese language to preschool children in a gentle, playful way. The ABC structure provides a familiar framework that encourages fun and easy learning. The everyday words presented in this book include many that have special significance in Chinese culture. Each word is presented in Chinese characters (both Simplified and Traditional) as well as in Romanized form (Pinyin). Cultural and linguistic notes enhance the learning experience. And kids will love the wonderful Chinese family, beautifully illustrated in gentle colours, who will take them from page to page!” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Chinese Folklore Tales, by J. Macgowan (eBook)
“A fantastic collection of eleven traditional folklore tales from ancient China.” (Overdrive description)