East End Chinatown Film Screening (22 Feb 2014)
At this event the history of London's first Chinatown and the portrayal of Chinese residents by the British media was presented by Rosa Kurowska (Project Coordinator) before a screening of the 1919 silent film Broken Blossoms. This film was the first screen portrayal of a Chinese migrant, Cheng Huan, and for it's period was relatively sympathetic in it's portrayal (in comparison to contemporary characters like 'Fu Manchu'). This was an excellent opportunity to present project research to a new audience in Poplar, the site of London's first Chinatown. Over 20 people attended the screening including project volunteers, library users and members of the local community. The film was enjoyed by all, and afterwards there was an interesting discussion about representation in the media today.