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Talk - Essential but Unacknowledged: The Contribution of the Chinese Labour Corps in WW1

Known as 'The Forgotten of the Forgotten', Dr Frances Wood sheds light on the untold story of the 100,000 Chinese who were recruited into the Chinese Labour Corps of World War One. The workshop will be the third in a series of community events running throughout the month of January at NAM to celebrate the run of the British Chinese Armed Forces Heritage Community Exhibition, held in the Templer Study Centre.

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Frances Wood studied at Liverpool College of Art 1966-7 and at Newnham College, Cambridge, 1967-1971 (BA Hons. Chinese) She spent 1975-6 at Peking University and wrote her PhD on traditional domestic architecture in Peking (London, 1984). She worked in the Chinese section of SOAS Library from 1972 until 1977 when she joined the British Library and worked in the Chinese section until 2013. Her publications include Stones of the Wall 1986 (translation of a novel by Dai Houying), Chinese Illustration (1986), A Companion to China (1989), The Blue Guide to China (1990, 2002), Did Marco Polo Go To China? (1995), No Dogs and Not Many Chinese: Treaty Port life in China 1843-1943, (1998), Hand Grenade Practice in China: my part in the Cultural Revolution (2000), The Silk Road (2002), The Forbidden City (2005), The First Emperor (2007), The Lure of China: writers on China from Marco polo to J.G.Ballard (2009), The Diamond Sutra: the story of the world’s earliest dated printed book (2010), Picnics Prohibited: diplomacy in a chaotic China during the First World War (2014), Betrayed Ally: China in the Great War (2016, with Christopher Arnander), Great Books of China (2017) and with Andrew Lo, Wang Tz’u-cheng and Song Jiayu, Export Paintings in the British Library (2011).

British Chinese Armed Forces Heritage Community Exhibition (Templer Study Centre)

From 8 January to 28 January, Ming Ai (London) Institute and the National Army Museum will present the British Chinese Armed Forces Heritage Community Exhibition. This is part of the delivery of the British Chinese Armed Forces Heritage Project which aims to unveil the untold stories of Chinese people that have served in the British armed forces throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Featuring a comprehensive timeline of Sino-British military collaboration and selected oral history interviewees from the British Chinese Armed Forces Heritage project as well as an in depth examination of the Chinese Labour Corps of World War One and the Battle of Hong Kong in World War Two.

British Chinese Armed Forces Heritage Project

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, British Chinese Armed Forces is a 4-year partnership project (2015-2018) collaborated with Ming-Ai (London) Institute and Regent's University London. The primary aim of the project is to create a historical archive which will become the basis for the generation of a series of related community initiatives.

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