FREE EVENT : The Forgotten Faces of the Great War  - The Chinese Labour Corps
17 Nov

 Date: Saturday, 17th November 2018

Time: 1.00-4.30pm

Venue: Knowledge Centre, British Library,

96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

 

An afternoon of talks and film screening about the 96,000 men recruited by the British Army to provide labour at the Western Front, as follows:

 

The’Shandong Problem’: Talk on the historical backdrop to China’s involvement in WWI and the political agenda of each of the major players in the war - by Dr Frances Wood, honorary graduate of SOAS and co-author of Betrayed Ally - China in the Great War

‘Some Paradoxes of the Chinese Labour Corps Recruitment’: Talk on the challenges and contradictions within the British Army’s recruitment of the CLC - by Dr Gregory James, author of The Chinese Labour Corps 1916-1920

‘Expectation versus Reality’: Talk on the social and cultural disparities between what Chinese labourers thought they would experience and what they were actually faced with on arrival at the Front - by Prof Philip Vanhaelemeersch, translator of two diaries written by Chinese labourers

Screening of ‘Forgotten Faces of the Great War: The Chinese Labour Corps’, an oral history by descendants of Chinese labourers and Western officers of the CLC  

‘Cherry Blossom’ and other pieces: Music on the erhu (Chinese two-stringed fiddle) by Charlie Tienyi-Waddle

Entry: To reserve complimentary places, please write to:  chineselabourcorps@gmail.com 

Knowledge Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
FREE EVENT : The Forgotten Faces of the Great War - The Chinese Labour Corps, chineselabourcorps@gmail.com
17 Nov 2018 13:00