Category Archives: CLC related events

Review: Ian Henery’s “Chinese Labour Corps” 

Please note performances of Chinese Labour Corps have now ended. Chinese labourers were treated badly during the First World War but it’s difficult to think of any group that wasn’t, including the British Tommy. That is true, but equally true is that some were treated worse than others. On this Ian Henery and the Blue …

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Blue Orange Arts presents

Birmingham’s Blue Orange Arts presents a new play about the Chinese Labour Corps based on an original script by Ian Henery and adapted by Emma Cooper.

Commemoration event for the Chinese Labour Corps

Organised by The Meridian Society and The British Library Date: Saturday, 17th November 2018 Time: 1.00-4.30pm Venue: Knowledge Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB On 11th November 1918, streets throughout Western Europe were filled with jubilant crowds. Armistice had been declared and weary soldiers were able at last to go home. Yet, …

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New play: Forgotten 遗忘

PLYMOUTH 17 October -20 October LONDON 23 October–17 November 2018 “The foreign devils will be entranced by our performance and line our path back to Shandong with gold and cherry blossoms…” 1917. Shandong Province, Northern China. Times are tough in Horse Shoe Village. Old Six and Second Moon struggle to earn enough to feed their …

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Event to commemorate CLC work in Erin

L’histoire des travailleurs chinois pendant la première guerre mondiale.

Exposition à Lille, à la MER. Samedi 18 novembre à 15h Les travailleurs chinois, oubliés de la Grande guerre, rencontre avec l’Historienne Li Ma, ce Samedi 18 novembre 2017 à 15h à la MRES de Lille – Organisation : L’Atelier d’Histoire Critique et les Amis Du Monde Diplomatique – Entrée libre ____ Les travailleurs chinois, …

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Dertien van Busseboom – The Busseboom Thirteen and Belgium’s Memorial to the Chinese Labour Corps.

Exactly one hundred years ago today thirteen members of the Chinese Labour Corps were killed when their camp received a direct hit during an air raid. Quite some gunfire at night. At the Poeper a Chinese camp is hit by shellfire. Several yellow men are killed. From the diary of local priest, Father van Walleghem …

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Chinese Television coverage of Commemorations of CLC at the Cenotaph (English)

Report by Zhang He.

Chinese Labour Corps Remembered at the Cenotaph for the First Time.

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in memory of the Chinese labourers who came to support the Allied war effort in the First World War. The act comes amid growing momentum to activities, including the Ensuring We Remember Campaign, organised both inside and outside of the Chinese community …

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Britain’s Forgotten Army: Channel 4 Documentary on the Chinese Labour Corps

Duton’s Continue to Support the Campaign

We are delighted to once again have been generously supported by Duton’s at the third edition of their Appreciation of China presentation which is taking place to take place in Mayfair, London from 5th – 8th November, a highlight of the 20th Anniversary of Asian Art in London. Entitled The Exhibition of Chinese Legacy, it …

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Screening of the film Forgotten Faces of the Great War: The Chinese Labour Corps.

01 November, 2017 at 2pm (till 4pm). 152/3 Cayley Room, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW As part of a two-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to commemorate the Chinese Labour Corps (CLC), The Meridian Society has made a film of oral histories with descendants of Chinese labourers and their …

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Talk and Oral History Film

Parliament and World War One: The forgotten Chinese Labourers of World War One UK Parliament Outreach and Engagement Service Tuesday, 7 November 2017 from 19:00 to 20:30 (GMT), Portcullis House, Parliament, London. In an entertaining and informative talk Frances Wood, author of Betrayed Ally: China and the Great War and former curator of Chinese Collections …

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Exhibition: Vive Labeur – Hail to the Work

1 July 2017 – 17 September 2017 Gasthuiskapel Poperinge The WWI Chinese story inspires contemporary artists. Two famous Belgian photographers, Stephan Vanfleteren and Sanne De Wilde go back to the roots of the Chinese labourers. They explore the China region where they came from. This results in a fascinating photographic account. Visit the website.

Memorial Hall built to the Chinese Labourers of the Great War in Weihai.

Authorities in China have built this enormous Memorial Hall to Chinese labourers who participated in the First World War.

New Chinese Labour Corps memorial proposed for Arras

The regional daily “La Voix du Nord” reports that a stele in memory of the Chinese workers who supported the British and French troops during the Great War will soon be inaugurated in the garden of Saint Vaast in Arras. The original article in French can be read here.  

Screening of Tricks on the Dead, Canterbury

Monday 3rd July, 29017 Westgate Hall, Westgate Hall Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BT Doors open at 18:45. Cash Bar. Film Screening 19:30 Free of charge. Screening Sponsored by Gateways to the First World War    

Lecture: ‘An Army of Workers’: The story of Chinese Labour in World War One France

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 , 19:30 to 21:30 Durham University LECTURE ROOM EH103 Lecture by Professor Paul Bailey of Durham University. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oriental Museum, as part of the 2016/17 series. The recruitment of nearly 135,000 Chinese labourers by the French and British governments is one of the …

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Liverpool’s Chinese community support Everton FC and Liverpool FC Academies to Remember

The Ensuring We Remember Campaign are proud to have supported a day of events in Liverpool on Tuesday 21 March. 15 young people from Everton FC Academy and 15 from Liverpool FC Academy were brought together by the project The Unremembered: World War One’s Army of Workers to remember the sacrifice of the Chinese Labour …

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Meridian Society Chinese Labour Corps Project Launch Event – 19th April 2017

Date: Wednesday, 19th April Time: 2.00-6.00pm Venue: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT) SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG Entry: Free, but places must be booked in advance 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. …

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Review: Tricks on the Dead

After reading many reviews on Tricks on the Dead, all of which were positive, we were keen to watch the first UK screening of this docudrama. What wasn’t clear in any of the publicity was that the screening had been organised by the Meridian Society, so we’d like to both thank and congratulate the Meridian …

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Exhibition: A Good Reputation Endures Forever: The Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front

7 April 2017 – 24 September 2017 Durham University’s Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH We have been working very closely with Durham University’s Oriental Museum since late 2014 to make this exhibition perhaps the most important exhibition there has ever been on the Chinese Labour Corps.  We’re currently working on publicity, the information below …

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Screening of Tricks on the Dead

See our review of this past event. Sunday 05 February 2017 16:00 British Film Institute, Southbank Centre, London. The multi-award winning film on the Chinese Labour Corps, Tricks on the Dead is being screened in London with an introduction by Director Jordan Paterson. A few tickets remain available. Purchase tickets here:

UK Premier: Tricks on the Dead

BFI Southbank, London. Sunday 5th February, 2017 at 4:00pm Tricks on the Dead is the critically acclaimed docudrama telling the story of the Chinese Labour Corps. Directed by Jordan Paterson it has won a number of prestigious domestic (Canadian) and international awards. Tricks on the Dead will be screened at the British Film Institute on …

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Lunchtime recital: Pagoda Youth Orchestra Perform the Last Post

Southbank Centre, London. Saturday 16th Deember, 2016 at 1:00pm Central Bar Foyer, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall Free of charge Part of China Changing Hear music from the oldest and largest Chinese youth orchestra in Europe who perform innovative music fusions with folk songs, reggae and hip-hop involved. The Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra (PCYO) was …

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Chinese Arts Space presents Project New Earth

Southbank Centre, London. Saturday 16th Deember, 2016 at 7.45 The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall Free of charge. Part of China Changing Celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Chinese Labour Corps (CLC) – the largest overseas labour force to help the Allies win World War I – in these films and live …

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Exhibition: Appreciation of China, London 3-6 November 2016.

We would like to invite our supporters to the forthcoming exhibition “Appreciation of China” exhibition being held at Grovesnor House, Park Lane, and organised by Duton’s UK Limited. Appreciation of China will feature around 100 pieces of quality Chinese art, mainly Ming and Qing porcelain wares of exceptional quality. Some Tang pottery will also be on show.   …

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Commissioned artists create four short works on the Chinese Labour Corps

Chinese Arts Space (CAS) presents Project New Earth as part of the commemorations for WW1, celebrating the CLC’s memory within the context of British Chinese communities in the UK today. Commissioned artists create four short works: two evocative music-dance films, an exciting live contemporary dance and a moving music drama. Schedule: 7:30pm-8:30pm Performance 8:30pm-9:00pm Artist …

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Project New Earth: Work-in-progress Show

China Exchange Thursday, 8 September 2016 from 19:30 to 21:00 (BST) London, United Kingdom Book your ticket here. Chinese Arts Space (CAS) presents Project New Earth as part of the commemorations for WW1, celebrating the CLC’s memory within the context of British Chinese communities in the UK today. Commissioned artists create four short works: two …

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Meridian Society gains support of National Lottery to commemorate the Chinese Labour Corps

Our congratulations to the Meridian Society on securing funding for a Chinese Labour Corps commemoration project. Their press release is given below. The Meridian Society has been awarded a grant of £99,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards a commemoration project of the contribution made to WW1 by the Chinese Labour Corps (CLC). Chinese …

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Trade Unionism and the Yellow Peril: the use of Chinese labour on the Home Front.

Steve Lau, Chair of the Ensuring We Remember Campaign will be speaking on the second day of a three day event being held at the National Archives in September. Steve will be speaking on the subject, Trade Unionism and the Yellow Peril: the use of Chinese labour on the Home Front.

Campaign Chair to speak on ‘Missionaries and the Chinese Labour Corps”.

Steve Lau, Chair of the Ensuring We Rememeber Campaign, will be presenting a short paper at the forthcoming conference, Faith and First World War Conference, on the subject of Missionaries and the Chinese Labour Corps. The Conference is being held in Glasgow over two days, 21-22 July 2016, and is free to attend. (Mr Lau …

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Chair of Campaign to speak at Hidden Histories Conference.

Steve Lau, Chair of the Ensuring We Rememeber Campaign, will be speaking at the forthcoming conference, Beyond the Western Front – The Global First World War Conference, on the subject of the link between the First World War and the Founding of the Chinese Communist Party. The Conference is being held in Nottingham over two …

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Talk: The mystery of Chinese workers in Africa during World War One

Campaign chair, Steve Lau, will be speaking at the Africa and the Great War conference being held at the National Archives on The mystery of Chinese workers in Africa during World War One.    

Programme and Speakers for China and the Great War Symposium

  This event is free but booking is essential. Tickets are available here. 9.15 Anne Witchard (University of Westminster) Coffee and Introduction Anne Witchard is Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster. She recently published England’s Yellow Peril: Sinophobia and the Great War (Penguin 2015) 9.45 …

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Tricks on the Dead wins another award.

Our congratulations to Jordan Paterson and the whole team behind the making of Tricks on the Dead for winning the Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Factual Series category at the Canadian Screen Awards 2016.

China and the Great War: A symposium.

A must for anyone interested in the birth of modern China, the Chinese Labour Corps and the profound legacy of the Great War. Don’t miss this one if you can possibly help it. CHINA AND THE GREAT WAR: A SYMPOSIUM a panel of leading international scholars, archivists, and community activists will address the ways in which …

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Song Unsung – WW1 Chinese Labour Corps

Yellow Earth and the UK Chinese Choir are presenting Song Unsung – WW1 Chinese Labour Corps 5pm on Sun 14 February in Trafalgar Square FREE as part of the London Chinese New Year celebrations. Yellow Earth Theatre and the UK Chinese Choir will present a 15 minute live music theatre performance, written and directed by …

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Tricks on the Dead wins international recognition.

Tricks on The Dead continues to receive recognition having received Best Documentary at the Canada International Film and Television Festival (2015),  Audience Must See Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival (2015) and Best International Production at the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (2015), the DocuDrama has been nominated for four 2016 Canadian Screen Awards including best history documentary. Our …

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Chinese Labour corps exhibition – Liverpool

Strangers in A Strange Land: 5th November 2015

In support of the development of an original stage play about the World War One Chinese labourers Dr Diana Yeh (City University) in association with Moongate Productions invite you to: Strangers In A Strange Land: The Art and Performance of the World War One Chinese Labour Corps. The long buried story of the 140,000 Chinese …

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Reviews: Tricks on the Dead: The Story of the Chinese Labour Corps in WWI

For review’s on the docudrama, Tricks on the Dead, please see visit A review by Jessica Yang, Ubyssey (University of British Columbia) student newspaper site. A review by Michale Hayward on

Call for proposals

Chinese Arts Space is planning Project New Earth in 2015/16, inspired by the history of the Chinese Labour Corps. They plan to commission two exciting contemporary 15 minutes performances (music, dance, theatre, live art or cross-artforms) to complement two short multimedia digital artworks inspired by themes / narratives connected to the CLC, for touring across the UK. Visit …

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Society for Anglo Chinese Understanding : Chinese in WW1

Saturday 18th July 2015 at 2:00pm Upper Hall, St. Columba’s Church, Pont St., Knightsbridge, London SW1X 0BD 2.00pm – Welcome Zoe Reed, Chair of Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding, and Peng Wenlan, Chair of the Meridian Society. 2.05pm – Chinese in WW1- Chinese Labour Corps 1916-1920 Steve Lau Chair Chinese in Britain Forum/ Ensuring We Remember Campaign together with Frances …

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SACU 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Practitioners Panel 2 at SACU’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations: Understanding China – the whats, the whys and the hows Speakers (Left to Right): Graham Perry, former SACU vice chair; Steve Lau, Chair, Ensuring We Remember Campaign;Prof. Jude Howell, LSE; Prof. Kerry Brown, University of Sydney; Glyn Ford, former Labour MEP; Dr. Sam Beatson (Chair), Lau China …

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Exhibition: “Chinese workers in France during the First World War”

“Chinese workers in the First World War” Location: Confucius Institute, 22 allée François Mitterrand, 49100 Angers Dates: May 28 to October 30, 2015. Opening hours: Monday from 14h to 18h, Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 12pm and 14pm to 18pm. Free entry. Information: 02 41 95 53 52 – Opening of the exhibition …

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The Chinese Er Hu during the First World War

Les Travailleurs Chinois en France pendant la Grande Guerre Spectacle – Le Théâtre de l’Ordinaire

English Translation Association des Professeurs d’Histoire et de Géographie. samedi 25 avril 2015 Par Camille Brilloit pour la compagnie Le Théâtre de l’Ordinaire   La compagnie Le Théâtre de l’Ordinaire, dont je fais partie, s’est associée à l’Asian People’s Theater Festival Society, de Hong-Kong, pour créer et présenter un spectacle sur l’histoire des 130 000 …

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Chinese Workers in France During the Great War Show – Theatre of the Ordinary.

Original announcement in French. THE ASSOCIATION OF GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY TEACHERS Saturday, April 25, 2015 By Camille Brilloit  for the Theatre of the Ordinary.   The Theatre of the Ordinary has partnered with the Asian People’s Theater Festival Society in Hong Kong to showcase the history of the 130,000 Chinese workers who arrived in France during The …

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Asia House Event: From Peking to Paris: China and the First World War

Tuesday, 3 February 2015 from 18:30 to 20:00 (GMT) Asia House 63 New Cavendish St W1G 7LP London United Kingdom Tickets £10, concessions £8, members £6. During the First World War, 95,000 Chinese farm labourers volunteered to leave their remote villages and work for Britain. They were labelled “the forgotten of the forgotten”, as their …

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Lecture on the Chinese Labour Corps at the Royal Asiatic Society

“Les travailleurs chinois en France pendant la Grande Guerre”

Vendredi 7 novembre : “Les travailleurs chinois en France pendant la Grande Guerre”, il faut faire tourner l’immense machine industrielle, les femmes travaillent déjà dans les usines, la Chine deveint alors un réservoir de main d’oeuvre pour les alliés – par Jean Luc Staub à 20h à la Ménelle.  

Memorial Service, Anfield Cemetery

Steve Lau, Chair of the Ensuring We Remember Campaign, will join local Chinese community representatives at a memorial service at Anfield Cemetery next Sunday, where five members of the Chinese Labour Corps are buried.  We are grateful to the organisers for the invitation.

Pagoda Arts: Last Post for the Chinese Labour Corps

Try and make this special event. It promises to be both moving and inspirational.

Talk on Chinese Labour Corps, London.

On the centenary of the First World War and the tenth anniversary of Morecambe Bay, a talk organised by Diana Yeh (University of Winchester) commemorates the lives lost during epic journeys of migration and to examine ways forward for the future. Steve Lau presents a short film on the contribution of the Chinese Labour Corps …

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Lecture: World War 1 and China: the Chinese Labour Corps in France

24 September 2014, 1-2pm The Kanaris Theatre Manchester Museum Dr. Jenny Clegg Free to attend and there is no need to book. Dr. Jenny Clegg is a Senior Lecturer at the University for Central Lancashire and her specialist research mainly focuses on China’s development and it’s implications for the world order. 2014 marks the 100th …

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Lord and Lady Bates pay respects at the Chinese cemetery in Noyelles

Lord and Lady Bates stopped at the chinese cemetery at Noyelles-sur-mer where 842 Chinese Labour Corps volunteers are buried. The cemetery is adjacent to the site that once had the largest Chinese hospital in the world, and certainly the best treatment available in any Chinese hospital in the world. The great care of the doctors …

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Three day exhibition at Charing Cross Library, London, 16 -19 May 2014

A rare opportunity has arisen courtesy of Westminster Library Services to see “Hundreds of precious photographs recording the difficult time of WW1 and how the Chinese fought together with the British and French. It is the first time these images, from museums in China, have been seen in the UK.” We will post an update …

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