Te Papa’s Chinese Languages in Aotearoa project is exploring the diversity of Chinese identity. Curator Grace Gassin, who grew up in Auckland, talks to The Spinoff about embracing heritage, identity and language. “I think we need to focus on the issues of relevance to local New Zealand Chinese communities,” Gassin says. “Their roots, their own personal issues around trying to pass on a sense of their own regional ancestral cultures to their children.”