"We are British. We are Liverpudlians. "
July 26, 2013 5:00 AM Subscribe
posted by MartinWisse (18 comments total)
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""He just went out to the shop, and my mum was waiting for him to come home, and he never came," Linda Davis said of her father." -- During World War II tens of thousands of Chinese seamen served in the UK's merchant navy, many of whom had settled in Liverpool and some of which developed relationships with local women. Yet in 1945, as soon as the war was won, Liverpool police forces, on orders of the Home Office mounted razzias and deported the majority of the 20,000 Chinese men living in the city
, leaving behind their wifes and children.
Much of this history has been deliberately forgotten and had to be pieced back by the children of those Chinese sailors
, growing up without fathers. It is one reason why for Anna Chen in particular, Ken Loach's recent documentary of UK working class history, was so disappointing with its white washing
Loach's airy dismissal on Radio 4 of his whitening of our history was simple: "That's how it was. That's the record of the time. That's what people thought, that was the moment of the time." You can't include stuff "to suit our present sensitivities".
When the truth is that the contributions of working class Chinese to the UK war effort were not just forgotten, but erased from official history, they themselves deported.