Recently a brand new Chinese archway was unveiled in South Africa, the renowned “Rainbow Nation”. The structure consisting of stone carvings, arches and glazed tiles has created a Chinese cultural landmark in Johannesburg, a kaleidoscopic city where a number of languages and cultures converge. “The arch, characterized by typical Tang and Song architectural styles, is the largest of its kind among Chinatowns all over the world,” said Chen Huanquan, executive deputy director of the Chinatown Administration Commission in Johannesburg. This arch is also the first of its kind in Africa.
Speaking of overseas Chinese cultural centres, one can never forget the well-known Chinatown in Brisbane, USA. Every weekend, the pavilion at the centre of Chinatown becomes a public stage for Filipino dancers, Australian aboriginal performers, passionate rock and roll singers, and dancers of popular modern dance, who bring a wide spectrum of multiculturalism to this area. However, performances of Chinese Taichi and Kong Fu attract the most western spectators.
The essence of a nation’s culture is usually hidden among the people. The “Chinoiserie” sweeping the world today is a part of the everyday life of every Chinese living in a foreign land. The multiculturalism of their community; their bustling narrow streets and alleys; their brick and mortar, tiles and eaves, creaking doors and stairs of their dwellings all hold stories and memories of the people, and hidden among them is the Chinese cultural heritage passed down from previous generations.
（The China Press, October 17, 2013）