“Chinese Dragons, British Lions” Symposium

“Chinese Dragons, British Lions” Symposium

In the morning of 6 April 2016, “Chinese Dragons, British Lions” symposium was successfully held at Department of Sociology in the University of Hong Kong. During this two-day symposium, it brought together academics, heritage professionals and authors from around the world to explore the history of the British Chinese Armed Forces. It provided a platform to discuss the significant contribution that Chinese people have made to the British Armed Forces, with a special focus on the Chinese Labour Corps of World War One, the Battle of Hong Kong and British Army Aid Group in World War Two.

On our first day of symposium, we were honoured to have the presence of Gregory James, (Author of the Chinese Labour Corps (1916-1920)), who gave a speech on “A Man Behind the Man behind the Gun: The British Forces Chinese Labour Recruitment during the First World War”, Mark O’Neil, (Author of the Chinese Labour Corps: The Forgotten Chinese Labourers of the First World War), who gave a speech on “No Army of Righteousness which will come to the Assistance of Weak Nations”, Professor Ricardo Mak King Sang, (the head of History Department, HKBU), who gave a speech on “German Military Presence in 19th century China”, Dr. Kwong Chi Man, (the Assistant Professor of History Department, HKBU), who gave a speech on “The Making of De-politicised Professional: the Hong Kong Chinese Servicemen in the British Military, 1881-1997”, and Robert Fleming, (the Temple Study Centre Manager, NAM), who  gave a Keynote Speech on “Conflict and Cultural Exchange”.

On our second day of symposium, we were honoured to have the presence of Professor Xu Guoqi, (Professor of Hitory, HKU), who have a speech on “The Journey of Chinese Workers On the Western Front as Traditional History”, Zhang Yan, (Ph.D Candidate, the Department of History, CUHK), who gave a speech on “Finding the Stories behind the Tombstones: the Dead Chinese Labourers in WW1 and Their Families”, and Professor Jonathan Liu (BCAFH Project Co-Investigator, Regents University of London) and Chungwen Li (Dean, Ming-Ai (London) Institute, BCAFH Project Co-Investigator) gave a brief introduction on the British Chinese Armed Forces Heritage Project.