Three documentary videos and discussion
Time: June 16, 2014 from 3-6.30pm
Place: London School of Economics, St Clements Building, STCS.75
Sponsored by the British Inter-university China Centre (BICC). Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council
3.00-3:15 Introduction, Robert Bickers and William A. Callahan
3:15-5:30 Video screening
3:15-3:45 “Robert Hart: For China and the World”; Jeremy Routledge & Robert Bickers
3:50-4:15 “Uncle Chuck: The Shanghailander”; William A. Callahan
4:15-4:45 “BBC” (British Born Chinese); Elena Barabantseva, Andy Lawrence, Ben Cheetham, Tom Turner
4:45-6:30 Panel discussion: Video documentary in humanities and social science research
Chair: Jeffrey Wasserstrom (UC, Irvine)
Panelists: Bickers, Routledge, Callahan, Barabantseva, Cheetham, Turner
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Robert Hart: For China and the World (31 minutes)
Robert Bickers (Bristol University) and Jeremy Routledge (Calling the Shots films)
‘For China and the World’ explores the largely forgotten history of Britain in China from the 1850s to the early 1900s through the life of Irishman Sir Robert Hart. Hart was the inspector general of China’s Imperial Maritime Customs from 1863 to 1911. An employee of China’s ruling Qing dynasty, he played a crucial role in the economic development of the country and in its interaction with foreign powers. Filmed in Shanghai and Northern Ireland, the film outlines the personal and political conflicts that motivated one of the most important foreign figures in Chinese history, as well as his legacy today.
“Uncle Chuck: The Shanghailander (22 minutes)
Bill Callahan (London School of Economics)
What was it like to be an American in Shanghai in the 1920s? ‘Uncle Chuck: The Shanghailander’ examines the life-style of an American businessman who went to Shanghai in 1924, and left just ahead of the Red Army in 1949. It chronicles Chuck’s journey from small-town America to cosmopolitan Shanghai, and shows how he pursued the American Dream in inter-war China. The film puts the details of his family history in the context of global imperial history, when Shanghai was controlled by Europeans, Americans and Japanese.
BBC (British Born Chinese) (30 minutes)
Elena Barabantseva (University of Manchester), Andy Lawrence, Ben Cheetham, Tom Turner (All Rites Reversed Films)
Little is known about life in the British Chinese community, which remains invisible to the public eye. Daniel (age 11) and Kevin (age 13) are Chinese boys born in England, and this film explores how they fuse their Britishness with a strong sense of Chinese identity. We look at the boys’ experiences at school and how they relate to people in their neighbourhoods, how they formulate their belonging and to what extent they feel they are stigmatised for being different. This is a ‘coming of age’ story, not just of two boys but of a community. What can we expect from the next generation of British born Chinese?