This book presents a range of new research on British-Chinese cultural relations in the period from Britain’s first intensive contacts with China through to the 1940s. Topics covered include changing British representations of China, including in literature and film, formal cultural and artistic exchanges, and the Chinese expatriate community in Britain and its impact on British perceptions of China and the Chinese.
Introduction 1. A battle between the nation and the cosmopolitan: the First Opium War revisited from the perspective of global history, 1827-1842 Songchuan Chen 2. British perceptions of China and the Opium War Shunhong Zhang 3. Writing the British Empire on the Imperial Frontier Elizabeth Chang 4. China Sent Reeling: The Boxer Rebellion, Early Film, and British Imperialism, 1900-1910 Ross Forman 5. Seeing Ghosts: Putnam Weale and the 1911 Republican Revolution Jacqueline Young 6. Lao She, London and China’s Literary Revolution Anne Witchard 7. Bodies, Fashion, China and Britain, 1890-1930 Sarah Cheang 8. Anglo-Chinese Cultural Exchanges: The Connection between Chinese Artists and British Curators in the 1920s and 1930s Michelle Huang 9. Rethinking Chinese Culture and Community in Britain through British–Chinese Encounters Diana Yeh