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homelands19.jpg Documenting the Cham diaspora

‘Homelands’ features photography from James Sebright and it looks at the lives and livelihoods of the Cham diaspora. You can see it at the Oriental Museum.

Historically, the Cham people enjoyed a rich culture, their territory including several kingdoms in what is today Central and Southern Vietnam. However, the Champa Kingdoms began disintegrating following decisive defeats by the Vietnamese in the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, starting a pattern of migration and flux that is still going on. Today, Cham are officially recognised as one of Vietnam and China’s minority ethnic groups, but remain marginalised, both culturally and economically, especially when compared to the dominant Han Chinese and ethnic Kinh Vietnamese peoples. In 2016, photographer James Sebright travelled around the South China Sea region, meeting Cham communities in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia.

Homelands: Documenting Centuries of Cham Migration, until 16 September, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, durham. dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum