100,000 Chinese Coolies

9th July 2014

Tomorrow, on Radio 3 at 10.45 pm, Chinese-born author, Xiaolu Guo, will read her essay “Coolies” for “Goodbye to All That”, a series of programmes curated by writer Lavinia Greenlaw to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, as part of 14-18 Now, a major cultural programme across the United Kingdom.

Taking Robert Graves’ phrase as their starting point, Guo joins five writers from countries involved in the First World War as they reflect on a turning point moment in their own histories and interpret the phrase with the ambiguity that Graves intended. In her essay she contemplates the role of Chinese ‘coolies’ on the battlefields of the First World War

Follow this link to listen online: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006x3hl/broadcasts/upcoming

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