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第八位中國商人同消失咗嘅海員/The Eighth Chinese Merchant and the Disappeared Seamen

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書籍簡介 

Vivienne Chow 唐睿 黃念欣 徐忠雄 聯合推薦
利大英教授阿公虛構傳記
譜寫上世紀初中國海員流散英國嘅傳奇故事
粵英雙語對照版本

「中國商人」陳泉利喺1910年代初離開廣東,前往英國。佢喺英國經歷住1920、1930年代嘅反華種族主義,喺二次大戰期間,開咗間咖啡店兼賭館,當時嘅中國海員經常前去光顧。因着海員嘅愛國情緒,佢利用賭館為中國嘅抗日戰爭籌集資金。1945至1946年間,當時嘅英國工黨政府、內政部、特警、地方警察部隊同埋一間輪船公司聯合行動,強迫遣返所有喺英國嘅中國海員。呢次嘅反華行動一直被掩藏,五十年來未見天日。利大英根據佢阿公陳泉利既個人記憶,加上呢次遣返行動嘅政府資料,創作咗呢本自傳式嘅小說。喺小說入面,佢挑動讀者去思考,喺英國入面流散中國人長年遭忽視嘅歷史。

 

推薦語(按英文姓氏排序)

《第八位中國商人同消失咗嘅海員》既獨特又帶俾我哋驚喜,佢唔只探尋華人移民未為人知嘅故事,仲要用粵語華文嚟書寫——粵語華文喺華語研究入面長期受遺棄同漠視。地緣政治嘅困苦無日無之,呢部作品極合事宜,透過回望過去,為我們嘅當下提出洞見。

──Vivienne Chow,文化藝術記者

呢本係一本敘事密度非常高,同埋充滿人文精神嘅小說。故事講述一位為咗推翻滿清而奔赴英國嘅革命者,喺佢同民國革命失諸交臂之後,被二十世紀上半葉一系列世界大事困鎖異鄉。小說嘅高潮之一,係對1946年英國政府強制遣返數百名華人海員呢段黑歷史嘅控訴。呢啲海員喺二戰期間,對英國嘅航運同物資供應貢獻良多,卻喺戰後被棄之如敝屣,但呢個實際上,卻只係小說主人公陳泉利,從晚清到民國,所見證到嘅複雜中英關係、同埋華僑喺英國所遭遇到嘅歧視同不公事件嘅一端。作者利大英講過︰「冇中國嘅世界就唔係世界,冇世界嘅中國唔可能再係中國。」而呢部通過華僑視角,以既憂鬱又間唔中穿插一啲幽默語調嚟敘述嘅小說,正好可以彌補一般人只係通過大歷史敘事,或者單從中英其中一方嘅歷史敘事,而對呢段時期嘅偏頗認知。

──唐睿,香港浸會大學人文及創作系助理教授

利大英教授以傳記小說嘅方式,繼續佢逆想離散中國嘅學術旅程。粵英雙語版嘅《第八位中國商人同消失咗嘅海員》別開生面,以兩種想像嘅「鄉音」,記錄華人、愛爾蘭人、利物浦人嘅多重身份鏡像;為愛國、革命同反殖,寫下一頁唔可以忽視嘅情感注釋。

──黃念欣,香港中文大學中國語言及文學系副教授

利大英阿公陳泉利曲折離奇嘅故事既係想像力獨特,亦喺二十世紀轉折時期廣為常見。故事關乎絕對唔妥協嘅意志,堅毅而決斷咁面對英國制度下種族主義嘅高牆;同時關乎一班中國海員,佢地喺二戰期間為英國人服務,但係又遭強制遣返中國,被迫離開佢地嘅家人。呢個故事關乎種族滅除──一段唔可以被靜音和遺忘嘅事蹟。

──徐忠雄,《家鄉》作者,美國華盛頓大學英文系教授

 

書籍資料

作者:利大英

譯者:黃峪
審校:利大英、潘嘉偉、梁鴻玲、譚以諾

編輯:譚以諾
校對:謝莉娜

美術設計:mmmmor studio

版次:2022年7月初版
ISBN︰978-988-74162-1-0
頁數:212
定價:港幣$88

 

作者簡介

身為作家、廣播員及學者,利大英喺過去四十年間,不斷寫及同埋談及中國同「唐人街」。佢係蘇格蘭聖安德魯斯大學中國研究嘅創始教授,亦曾喺法國、美國、中國大陸同埋香港居住同工作。佢最近期嘅著作係《想像中嘅中國:從歐洲奇想到泱泱大國》(赫斯特,2018)。

 

目錄

推薦語

肖像
離開廣州
中國開出嘅慢船
戰爭同埋唐人街
佢哋嘅思維模式係東方嘅
唐人街不斷萎縮
衫領同恤衫
搜捕行動
驅逐令
空框框嘅咖啡廳
岸邊嘅陌生人

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Book Description  

Recommended by Vivienne Chow, Tong Yui, Wong Nim Yan, and Shawn Wong 
A biographical novella of Prof Gregory B. Lee’s grandfather
A dramatic story of Chinese seamen at the turn of the 20th century
Cantonese-English bilingual version

Chan Chin Lee, a ‘Chinese merchant’, left Canton in the early 1910s for the United Kingdom. Having traversed the anti-Chinese racism of 1920s and 1930s Britain, during World War Two he would open a café-cum-gambling house frequented by Chinese sailors. Counting on the seamen’s patriotism, he collected funds through the gambling house to support the anti-Japanese war effort back in China. In 1945–1946, a combined operation of the then Labour government, the Home Office, the police force and a shipping company sought to forcefully repatriate all Chinese seamen from the UK. This anti-Chinese action was concealed for over half a century. Based on personal memories of his grandfather Chan Chin Lee and relying on government documents relating to the repatriation, Gregory Lee raises provocative questions in this biographical novella about the long-neglected history of the diasporic Chinese in the UK.

 

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The Eighth Chinese Merchant and the Disappeared Seamen is a uniquely fascinating project that looks into not only the untold stories of Chinese migration, but also champions Cantonese Chinese writing, which has long been discarded and disregarded in the field of Chinese studies. It’s a timely read amid the ongoing geopolitical turmoil, offering us insights into the present by taking a good look at the past.

──Vivienne Chow, Arts and cultural journalist

It is a condensed story full of a humanistic spirit. It is a story of a revolutionary who left China for the United Kingdom to overthrow the Qing Dynasty. Having missed the revolution of the Republic in China, a series of world events forced him to live in the foreign land in the first half of the 20th century. This story culminates in the accusation of the British government repatriating a few hundred Chinese seamen as a result of force in 1946. Despite their immense contributions to the British shipping business and resource supply during WWII, these Chinese seamen were abandoned immediately after the war. Our protagonist Chan Chin Lee and his fellows endured discrimination and injustice as a tiny part of the bigger story of the complicated Sino-British relationship during the late Qing and the early Republic. The World without China is not the World, and that China without the World can no longer be China, as Gregory Lee once said. An overseas Chinese perspective reveals that this melancholy yet humorous novella can revive the shrewd historical understanding ordinary people might have of history, especially if they learn about it from the grand narrative or from a narrative offered by either China or the UK alone.

──Tong Yui, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University

Prof. Gregory B. Lee continues his academic journey of reimagining the Chinese diaspora by means of a biographical novel. The Cantonese-English bilingual version of The Eighth Chinese Merchant and the Disappeared Seamen uses two imaginary “mother tongues” to show the multi-reflections among identities of the Chinese, Irish, and Liverpudlian. This sentimental annotation is an unremovable record of patriotism, revolution and decolonization. 

──Wong Nim Yan, Associate Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese University of Hong Kong

The dramatic story of Gregory Lee’s grandfather, Chan Chin Lee, is both a unique immigration story and a common one at the turn of the 20th century.  It is a story of uncompromising perseverance and determination against a wall of institutional racism in the United Kingdom and a story of Chinese seamen who served Britain during WWII only to find themselves forcibly repatriated to China without their families.  It is a story of racial erasure that cannot be silenced and forgotten.

──Shawn Wong, Author of Homebase, Professor of English, University of Washington

 

Book information

Author: Gregory Barry Lee

Translator: Huang Yu Heidi
Translation-revisers: Gregory Barry Lee, Patrick Poon, Liang Hongling, Enoch Yee-lok Tam

Editor: Enoch Yee-lok Tam
Proofreader: Lina Xie

Art & Design: mmmmor studio

Edition: July 2022, 1st Edition
ISBN: 978-988-74162-1-0
Pages: 212
Price: HK$88

 

About the author

As a writer, broadcaster and academic, Gregory Lee has been writing and talking about China and ‘Chinatowns’ for the past forty years. He is Founding Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.  He has lived and worked in France, the USA, mainland China, and Hong Kong. His most recent book is China Imagined: From European Fantasy to Spectacular Power (Hurst, 2018).

 

Content

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Preface

The Portrait
Leaving Canton
Slow Boat from China
War and Chinatown
Their Mode of Thought is Eastern
Dwindling Chinatown
Collar and Shirts
Manhunt
Deportations
An Empty Café
Stranger on the Shore

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