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Bert Hardy's Chinatown: May 1942
Lee G.
Bert Hardy's Chinatown, May 1942: Illustrated Lecture, - a Cultures in Transit Conference event., Liverpool : Royaume-Uni (2008) - http://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00322532
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Gregory Lee ()1
1:  IETT - Institut d'Etudes Transtextuelles et Transculturelles
Université Jean Moulin - Lyon III : EA4186
7 rue Chevreul 69007 LYON
Bert Hardy's Chinatown:
May 1942
Illustrated Lecture - a Cultures in Transit Conference event

This lecture puts in historical context a group of rare photographs
by Bert Hardy taken in May 1942 during the Second World War.
The men depicted are just a few of the 10,000 Chinese seamen who manned the Merchant Navy ships, for Britain during the war, mainly Blue Funnel, Ben Line, and Shell.. The pictures show them in lodging houses, their poor living conditions, while they wait for the next ship. The lecture decribes how previously Chinese men had served in the British Army Labour Corps digging trenches in Falnders. Finally, the history of furtive deportations of legally resident Chinese former seamen in 1946-1947 is discussed.

Humanities and Social Sciences/Literature


Bert Hardy's Chinatown, May 1942: Illustrated Lecture,
- a Cultures in Transit Conference event.
United Kingdom

Chinese diaspora – Chinatown – Liverpool – World War One – World War Two – war photographs – deportation
A collaborative event organized bby the Open Eye Galler, Liverpool as part of thea academic conference Cultures In Transit organised by Liverpool Hope and Université de Lyon (Jean Moulin) 18-21 July 2008.