04 Sep '11, 7am

Britain charts sucess of Chinese settlers

Britain charts sucess of Chinese settlers

LONDON: Britain's Chinese workforce and its contribution to the UK is too often underestimated, according to the curators of a new project charting the community's successes. In a series of interviews with top Chinese professionals, entrepreneurs and politicians, researchers have also managed to trace the first Chinese arrival to the UK, to a royal courtier in 1610. The project includes the first-ever Chinese arrival to take up UK citizenship and the first Chinese footballer (and first non-white) to play on a British team. On a busy weekday, London's Chinatown is hard at work- a tradition inherited from earlier generations. Trading in tea, laundry houses and restaurants, the Chinese first set up in London's docklands - where the city's original Chinatown once stood. Early images of Chinese settlers in the UK have been gathered as part of a publicly funded project charting ...

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