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Upstairs @ the RAI, Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 6 pm

Light on the Lotus Hill (2011)

Film screening and discussion about the use of archival material to create a documentary with Chan Chow Wah

The Royal Anthropological Institute
50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT

“Light on the Lotus Hill” is a research project and film based on archival material, by Chan CW about a chapter of the almost forgotten history of Singapore and World War Two. The history is reflected in the life of a Buddhist monk, Venerable Pu Liang, who supported China Relief Fund’s activities in today’s South East Asia.
Singapore was a British colony with a large Chinese population. During the Second World War, Singapore became the site where Sino Japanese War and World War Two converged.

Since 1937 when the Sino Japanese War erupted, the Chinese in Singapore and Nanyang (today’s South East Asia) founded the China Relief Fund to raise money to support China. In 1939, they were also asked to recruit Nanyang Volunteers who droved on the Burma Road to sustain China’s logistic supply chain.
After the fall of Singapore, the Japanese launched the Sook Ching or Chinese massacre executing large number of Chinese suspect to have supported China Relief Fund.

Chan Chow Wah read Social Anthropology at London School of Economics. Chan is a Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow 2006 and Fellow of The Royal Anthropological Institute.

Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum.

For further information or booking a place please contact:
RAI Film Officer, Susanne Hammacher, film@therai.org.uk
Free for RAI Members and Fellows – Tickets: Pay as you please