Our partners: The Manchester China Institute
4 December 2017
Prof Peter Hays Gries talks to us about the Manchester China Institute:
Peter Gries is Professor of Chinese Politics at The University of Manchester as well as the Director of the Manchester China Institute.
Q&A with Peter Gries, Director of the Manchester China Institute
1) You are tasked by the University of Manchester to set up a China Institute. Have you got a name for it and what do you hope to achieve with the Institute?
The mission of the new Manchester China Institute will be to promote a mutual understanding in UK-China relations. A “Lee Kai Hung Chinese Culture Gallery” will also open at Manchester Museum, the largest university museum in the UK with over 450,000 visitors a year. The Gallery will seek to foster greater awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the diversity of Chinese culture. It will also provide cultural opportunities for local communities of Chinese heritage.
2) What contact have you made with the Chinese community in Manchester and in your view, how can the community become more vocal and active politically and socially in the region?
I have met Consul General of the People's Republic of China to Manchester Sun Dali twice and, thanks to Gerry Yeung, I have met quite a few members of the local BBC and Chinese communities. I look forward to working with the local Chinese community to support their efforts to be represented and heard in our shared community.
3) What are your impressions of Manchester to date and what are your favourite restaurants?
I love the diversity and cosmopolitanism of Manchester. My favourite restaurant so far, and by far, is Gerry's Out at the Trafford Centre.