ICE Public Event: 8th October 2018


Rosa Fong’s ‘Dragons of the Pool’

The Arts Centre, the Confucius Institute, and the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) at Edge Hill University,
have the pleasure of inviting you to the opening launch of

Rosa Fong’s ‘Dragons of the Pool’

A multimedia exhibition exploring the hidden history
of the forced repatriation of Chinese seamen.

Artist, filmmaker and academic, Rosa Fong worked with community group, The Dragons of the Pool, to create a multimedia exhibition, which documents the story of the forced repatriation of Chinese seamen in Liverpool just after the Second World War.

The Dragons of the Pool are a group of sons and daughters who believe that their Chinese fathers were repatriated by the British government between 1945-46. They grew up believing their fathers had abandoned them: A feeling of loss, betrayal and longing pervades the stories.

In 1946, over two successive nights, hundreds of men were seized without warning, taken down to the river and forced on board cargo ships bound for China. Over a thousand Chinese seamen disappeared from families in Liverpool, never to be heard of again.

Video interviews and an audio installation called Chinese Whispers give a historical and personal account of this hidden history with an introduction by actor, David Yip. Also featured are Bert Hardy’s iconic photographs of Chinese seamen in Liverpool taken in 1942. A specially produced edition of ‘Sea Dragons’ book (Foley, Y. & C. 2018), accompanies the exhibition and gives a factual account of the repatriation.

Exhibition and set design created by Olivia du Monceau.

Organised by The Arts Centre, with support from the Confucius Institute and the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE), this event takes place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

Date: Monday 8th October 2018

4.45pm Arrival and Refreshments
5.00pm Launch event
7.00pm Close

Venue: The Arts Centre (building 5 on the Map) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration: Closed

More information: please contact The Arts Centre.


Dragons of the Pool – EXHIBITION
The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University
Monday 8th October – Friday 23rd November 2018

10.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
FREE Exhibition

Dragons of the Pool – HOMEPAGE
Thanks to a Heritage Lottery grant, this year-long project has captured video interviews with the seamen’s descendants, who are now in their seventies. The recordings help archive this important part of British Chinese history for future generations.  It is hoped the project will help participants share their stories behind their fathers’ disappearance and educate the wider community about the shocking events of post war Britain.

Back to ICE Events

Follow us on Twitter @edgehillice

Last updated on Last updated on Was this page helpful? Yes No Thanks for your feedback! Please tell us more: