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Photography Exhibition On Themes Of Transcending Borders At Our City O Tautahi

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Photography Exhibition On Themes Of Transcending Borders At Our City O Tautahi

A selection of vibrant and moving images denoting the positive impact of Asia-New Zealand relationships will be exhibited at Our City O-Tautahi from tomorrow (March 24).

Fifty four panel-selected images taken by 23 Asia:NZ Foundation Young Leaders form part of the Once upon a time in Asia exhibition, grouped under three themes: "Feeling at Home", "A Stranger in a Strange Country" and "I'm Home, Who Am I Now?". The exhibition will be accompanied with descriptions explaining the background to each image.

Other images from a field of over 100 entries will be displayed on a large projection screen at the venue. The free exhibition is open until 20 April.

A core group of members of the Asia:NZ Foundation Young Leaders Network developed the exhibition: Marcia Jones, James To, Esther Hogenhout, and Stefan Fairweather.

"There are many young New Zealanders taking up exciting opportunities in Asia and this will have a positive impact in the future," says Esther Hogenhout, of Christchurch, who was recently chosen as a YLN steering committee member for 2010.

"Travelling through Asia has influenced the lives of many young people and in turn they have an impact on their communities when they get back home," says Ms Hogenhout.

Marcia Jones says the idea for the exhibition was conceived over a coffee with members of the Young Leaders Network. "We felt we had taken up such amazing opportunities to live, work and travel in Asia, but wondered if the average person on the street was aware of the positive benefits of our close relationship with Asia."

The Young Leaders Network has hundreds of members all over New Zealand and abroad. The focus of Once upon a time in Asia is the sharing of the vision of these young leaders through a photographic quest.

The Young Leaders in the exhibition present their experiences through photographs and short stories - focusing their lens on the strong connection between New Zealand and Asia, says James To.

"They take us on a journey of discovery - exploring the diverse delights of Asia, and how experience overseas has become a point of influence for the rest of their lives. They ask us to consider their inner journey - who they are when they come home and their sense of shifted identity."

"From the modern metropolis of Shanghai to the vast and sprawling hinterlands of Inner Mongolia; from the bustling markets of New Delhi to the spectacular night-life in Tokyo, and then to our return home - this exhibition will take you on an eye-opening adventure," he promises.

Says Philip Burdon, Chairman of Asia:NZ Foundation "The Young Leaders who have contributed to this exhibition represent a new generation of trans-national citizens who are just as comfortable with Asian values as they are with their New Zealand heritage.

"It is encouraging to see that that these Young Leaders are making it part of their mission to educate fellow New Zealanders further about Asia and its importance to New Zealand. Asia is an integral part of New Zealand today, and will become a larger part tomorrow. The life of every New Zealander is touched by an Asian connection of some kind."

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