Creative Research Methods (CRM) --- Health Research --- Educational Resources
Creative research methods, and specifically arts-based research has been applied in various disciplines including health, education, and anthropology. Arts-based research uses artistic forms and expressions to understand, represent and explore human experiences. It has also been used to challenge traditional intellectual forms of knowledge (e.g. academic journal publications) that is often privileged over other ways of knowing.
I hope to share my research in creative ways and to connect with as many people as possible. The research/art works/educational resources are created with data collected with participants based on ethnographic, visual, and participatory methods. The artworks symbolise a relationship and a learning process that is co-constructed between the artists, participants, and myself. I create the educational resources committed to promoting thinking and dialogues that raise consciousness about emotions and subjectivities, diversity and inclusion, and the need for change in health and physical cultures.
If you're an artist and would like to work with me on projects related to diversity and inclusion, health, sport and leisure, Chinese diaspora, please contact me.
Rethinking Health Experiences and Active Lifestyles:
British Chinese Students in the UK
is a two-year research project supported by EU Horizon 2020 (2019-20)
This research addresses pressing gaps in ethnic diversity knowledge in health and physical cultures, by providing unique insights into Chinese young people's (aged 11-15) physical activity, leisure, and health-related experiences in the United Kingdom (UK).
The project will develop an innovative theoretically-informed approach to explore how Chinese young people's ethnicity, gender, social class and their intersections; their use of space and digital technologies, and consumption patterns influence their practices, and to critically engage with the contestable work of cultural norming in relation to their health and bodily experiences.
Data collection is underpinned by an ethnographic approach, using traditional (e.g. interviews, observations and field notes) and contemporary mobile application and novel arts-based methods.
1. To map the needs and meanings of physical activity, leisure, and health-related experiences in the lives of Chinese young people in the UK.
2. To examine Chinese young people's investments in the different forms of ‘capital’ and how they are (mis)recognised. And to draw on these experiences to redefine ‘capital’ from its previous economic and Eurocentric roots to a socio-cultural and postcolonial perspective more able to support ethnic diversity.
3. To develop contextualised understandings of influences (e.g. family, school, leisure, environment) related to Chinese young people's perceptions and experiences in health and physical activity engagement.
4. To identify new conceptual, methodological, and empirical insights on the processes of researching with British Chinese young people in health and physical cultures.
How did the research become artwork?
The project involved ethnographic field work with students and communities from Chinese ethnic backgrounds in the Northern part of England. This involved extensive interviews and observations with 11-15 years old students with Chinese ethnic backgrounds, their parents, teachers and community members from 2019 to 2020.
The radio drama scripts are written by Mary Cooper (Writer in Leeds, UK) based on the ethnographic research data provided by Dr Bonnie Pang and later co-produced with a team of professional artists into recordings for online dissemination. The comics drawn by Bonnie Pang (Comic artist in Hong Kong) are based on the stories in the radio drama scripts. The radio drama plays were also translated from English to Chinese by Xunnan Li (PhD student at Royal Holloway University of London, UK).
Below are two comics and three radio drama recordings for your enjoyment!
You may download and print the educational resource with all the comics, radio drama plays and scripts for teaching and research purpose. Please contact me if you require hard copies.
Researcher and Creative Collaborators
Dr Bonnie Pang is a sociocultural researcher in health, sport and education.
She directed and carried out the research project and curated the teaching resource and radio dramas.
Bonnie Pang is an illustrator and comic artist based in Hong Kong. She drew the comics for the radio dramas.
Mary Cooper is an award-winning writer based in Leeds.
She wrote the stories for the radio dramas.
Olwen May is an actress and theatre director based in West Yorkshire. She was the director of the radio dramas.
Tony Malcuso is the co-director of Chapel FM Arts Center in East Leeds. He was the production manager of the radio dramas.
Xunnan Li is a PhD candidate of Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway University of London. He translated the comics from English to Chinese.
Through the Eyes of Chinese International Students:
Health Experiences in New South Wales, Australia
is a one-year research project supported by WSU Women's Research Fellowship (2018)
This photobook was created using the photos taken by 12 Chinese international students during a one-hour walking interview with two researchers, and also in their everyday lives over a one-week period. The students' photos have provided visual data about their experiences related to food, physical activity, safety, work, leisure, and mental wellbeing in New South Wales, Australia.
Together with the interviews, the photobook has enhanced our knowledge about the Chinese international students' rhythm of life and place-based health experiences. The photos and commentaries are curated in collaboration with the students.
There are some copies available for educational purpose. Please contact me if you need one.