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Resources on Chinese history in Birmingham

Half the Sky, Birmingham City Council 1994


Printed material available from Birmingham Archives.

Birmingham City Council (1996) The Chinese in Birmingham: a community profile, Birmingham City Council, Race Relations Unit

Birmingham City Council Women Unit (1994) Half the Sky: Stories and Photographs by Women of the Chinese community (English and Chinese)

Birmingham City Council (1993) Birmingham Chinese women's conference 1992, report prepared by Yvonne Tse

Birmingham Chinese School (1992) Fifth Anniversary Booklet (English and Chinese)

Sue Baxter (1986) The Chinese and Vietnamese in Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, Race Relations and Equal Opportunities Unit

Karen Hull (1985) A Taste of Change, Some aspects of eating in the Inner City, Birmingham 1939-1985, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Annual reports for Chinese community organisations:

Birmingham Chinese Community Centre
Birmingham Chinese Youth Project
(Archives and Heritage Service)

Visual material

"From Cathay to Pershore Street" by Terry Lo
Images reflecting Chinese life in Birmingham by Terry Lo.
These photographs were taken in 1993 as part of a final year assignment for Terry Lo's BA in Photography at Wolverhampton University. They were shown at Birmingham Central Library in 1994 in the exhibition 'From Cathay to Pershore Street' and at Midlands Arts Centre in 1995. Terry Lo now lives and works in Hong Kong.

Millennibrum photographic archives:Chinese New Year, 2000
Chinese New Year 2000: Photographs by Nichola Gotts
and other events held at the Arcadian Centre, 2000
(Archives and Heritage Service, MS2363)

Tung Hing Restaurant, 1959
Photograph of one of the earliest Chinese restaurants in Birmingham, 15 Snow Hill. Taken on 16th July 1959 as part of the Warwickshire Photographic Survey,
(Archives and Heritage Service, WK B11 6428)

Magazine image of Chinese mother and child, Birmingham, 1914.
In this magazine he Spotter a regular item sketching aces in the street from Birmingham life, captioned an image dated Feb 20th 1914 of a Chinese mother and child with the phrase yellow Peril
he Searchlight of Greater Birmingham March 5th 1914, Vol. II; No. 69, p. 17.

Chinese Trade Mission to Birmingham, 1906
Visit of the Duke Tsai Yee and members of the Chinese Special Commission to the Metropolitan Works, Saltley, 14th May 1906 Sir Benjamin Stone collection of photographs, Warwickshire Photographic Survey.

Cadbury's Sales Mission, Hong Kong, 1900
Photograph of Cadbury export representative in Hong Kong with a sample of wares on display.
(Birmingham City Archives, Cadbury archive: MS 466 2/97)

Recorded Interviews with Chinese people in Birmingham

The People of Birmingham Exhibition held in the Central Library, 1991, donated the following interview tapes to the City archives:

Oral history interviews with Chinese women in Cantonese with English summaries; and interviews in English with Roger Li, accountant, and Billy Ko, mental health worker.
(Archives and Heritage Service: MS1715)

The City Sound Archive
The following three interviews can be listened to by appointment with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery:

Tape C367 John Wong, recorded 4th September 1984. Recorded for the 'Taste of Change' project about ethnic food in inner city Birmingham. (45 minutes)

Tape C1065 Wing Yip, recorded 12th November 1992 as part of a project depicting life in the Heartlands area of East Birmingham (10 minutes)

Tape C1048 Billy Ko, recorded 27th October 1992 as part of a project depicting life in the Heartlands area of East Birmingham (21 minutes)


Chinese History in Birmingham
Early Links between Birmingham and China
Early Chinese presence in Birmingham
Post-war Chinese settlement