Storying Sheffield

You zi

You zi is a digital storytelling project which works with Chinese students to share stories of life in Sheffield.


The You zi project has involved Storying Sheffield’s David Forrest and photographer Gemma Thorpe working with Chinese students who have been sharing their stories of everyday life in the city, both as students of the University and as Sheffield citizens. The stories take the form of a series of photographs, audio fragments and short films, offering a new way of understanding and sharing the experiences of this vibrant community.

Youzi translates as ‘wanderer’. The inspiration behind the name came from a poem, Youzi Yin, (Song of the Wanderer) written in the Tang Dynasty by Meng Jiao. This well known poem has a deep meaning for Chinese people living abroad, speaking of the bond between a mother and her son who leaves home.

See the project blog for more information.