Dragons of the Pool


    Project Details


    Dragons of the Pool comprised a film and exhibition, directed and curated by Rosa Fong, and funded by Heritage Lottery and Edge Hill University. Rosa Fong was the director and exhibition curator. Yvonne Foley was the convener of the Dragons of the Pool group, and compiled the text which Rosa took to publication with Heritage Lottery Funding. Dragons of the Pool received major funding from Heritage Lottery Fund under the Sharing Heritage stream. Edge Hill University Research Investment Fund gave additional funding.

    Layman's description

    Artist, filmmaker and academic, Rosa Fong worked with community group, The Dragons of the Pool, to create a multimedia exhibition, which documents the story of the forced repatriation of Chinese seamen in Liverpool just after the Second World War.

    Key findings

    The exhibition, which was staged over two months, and a month in the arts Centre, and was attended by 3.5K visitors, including the Dragons and wider members of the public. As a result further stories have come to light, as exampled in the visitors’ book comments:

    ‘Sue daughter of Terence Dong whose father Yung Sung Dong was taken just weeks after his birth! Thank you so much for this exhibition, it has brought new light to where, why and when this happened! It has answered many questions’

    ‘Son of Poa Ting Yen looking for information. Sailed on the Sina sunk on 15/3/41’ We helped get his father a posthumous medal for his heroic work on British ships during WWII Atlantic run.

    Short titleDragons of the Pool
    Effective start/end date10/10/1823/11/18


    • Chinese, British Chinese, invisible history, forced repatriation, Chinese seamen, Chinese sailors, Liverpool maritime, Eurasian community, identity, BAME history,


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    • Dragons of the Pool

      FONG-COWN, ROSA., 10 Oct 2018

      Research output: Non-textual formExhibition