Photographer & Filmmaker Gemma Thorpe is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography. From project ‘Chinese Life In Sheffield‘. To see Gemma’s body of work click on any image.
Like many UK university cities, Sheffield has become home to large numbers of Chinese students in recent years. There are more links between China and Sheffield than ever before yet the stories of earlier migrants and their contributions to the city are relatively unknown.
My interest in this project comes from my own experience of living and working in China, and the subtle changes in the Chinese community that I have noticed in my hometown of Sheffield over the years, indicative of the wider economic, cultural and political shifts in the relationship between the UK and China. I am now focusing this work on the older generation as I feel it is especially important at this time to recognize their stories and sacrifices, and acknowledge the contributions they have made to British culture.