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The Return of Chen Ching Lin: A Chinese Deserter in the British Raj, 1943-46
October 30, 2019 - 13:00-14:30
Lecture with Associate Prof. Cao Yin, Tsinghua University.
During World War II, more than fifty thousand Chinese soldiers were sent to India for training. Many of them, however, deserted from the army and made their livings across India. Chen Ching Lin was one of these deserters. Focusing on the trajectory of Chen Ching Lin’s trip in India from 1943 to 1946, this presentation not only unearths the little-known experience of the Chinese deserters in India, but also explores how Chinese nationalist government’s aim to discipline the overseas Chinese communities conflicted with the agenda of the British geopolitics. It further contends that modern Chinese and Indian history could be integrated into a single narrative framework from subaltern perspectives.
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