The Chinese Labour Corps: The Forgotten Faces of the Great War (British Lio...

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The Chinese Labour Corps: The Forgotten Faces of the Great War is a documentary of oral histories by descendants of Chinese labourers and their Western commanding officers, produced by The Meridian Society.

On 19th April, 1917, after a three-month journey over land and sea, a thousand Chinese men arrived in Le Havre, France, weary and bewildered. This was the first batch of the Chinese Labour Corps, recruited by the British to provide logistical help to the Western Allies. They would be followed by several tens of thousands, mainly from Shandong Province, thus forming one of the largest labour corps involved in the Great War.

The Meridian Society have collected a number of unique interviews with CLC descendants from Shandong. Their distinctive memories have been captured on camera. The documentary 'Forgotten Faces of the Great War’, contains oral histories by descendants both of Chinese labourers and Western CLC officers.

This talk also includes entry into the British Lions Chinese Dragons Exhibition (see details below)

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The documentary will be introuduced by Ms Wenlan Peng, CLC Project Director at the Meridan Society

  • British Lions Chinese Dragons Exhibition (Regent's Univerisity Refectory)

From 6 July to 31 August, Ming Ai (London) Institute and Regent's University London will present the exhibition British Lions, Chinese Dragons. 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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