The untold story of six Chinese stokers who survived

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The untold story of six Chinese stokers who survived

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:24 am

Cynical observers of the new Titanic currently being built in China have argued that there is no historical connection between that country and the ill-fated Belfast-built ship.

But now a little known fact - that eight Chinese passengers were on board when the legendary liner perished in 1912 - has emerged.

Six of the eight - all stokers - survived the sinking, and their appearance on the rescue ship Carpathia is said to have raised more than a few eyebrows at the time.

Little was heard of the six after that - indeed, they supposedly vanished without trace - but a new documentary from US film-maker and maritime historian Steven Schwankert may be about to change all that.

'The Six', which will be released early next year, spotlights who the six Chinese survivors are, how they survived, and why they vanishe d from the records - having been forced to leave within 24 hours of their arrival in the United States because of the controversial Chinese Exclusion Act that was in force at the time.

"That huge vessel that came out of Belfast is the alpha and the omega of shipwrecks," said Schwankert, who is also China correspondent for America Magazine and Variety. "This isn't just a Western story, it's a global story. And now, a Chinese story."

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Re: The untold story of six Chinese stokers who survived

Postby Dave Gittins » Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:32 am

I have serious doubts about this show. We don't have complete names of the Chinese. In one case, we have only a surname. The addresses as recorded by US immigration authorities didn't exist, possibly because they are mangled versions of Cantonese. Given the very limited number of Chinese surnames it would be very easy to claim connections with them. I'd need to see serious documentation, interpreted by an expert in Cantonese.
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