Anna Chen BBC R4 launch
For pictures of the BBC series launch, click on image



Anna Chen's Gallery - History of the Chinese in Britain, BBC Radio 4

Presented by Anna Chen, produced by Mukti Jain Campion - Culture Wise


Recording the history of the Chinese in Britain, a ten-part 15 minute series for BBC Radio 4, for transmission at 3:45pm weekday afternoons over two weeks from Monday 30th April 2007.

You'll be able to listen to Chinese In Britain for seven days after transmission through the BBC website. The official Chinese in Britain site goes live on Monday 30th April.

In January 2007, on the first day of the big storms, Mukti and Anna went to Liverpool to record more stories for the series.


Anna Chen Liverpool BBC R4
Anna in Liverpool's Chinatown at the site of the old Arthur Holt/Blue Funnel offices whose steamships brought Chinese to Britain from the late 19th century to the 1960 and 70s.


Anna Chen Liverpool Nook BBC R4


Anna Chen Pitt Street Liverpool
In Pitt Street where Anna's father used to live before World War II when the Lutwaffe flattened it.


Anna Chen seamen's memorial Liverpool
At the Chinese Seamen's memorial plaque, Pier Head, by a stormy Mersey



Anna Chen Michael Fisher
Anna and Professor Michael Fisher at Shadwell Church near Limehouse in east London to see John Anthony's home ground. John Anthony was a Chinese seaman and then an agent looking after Chinese sailors for the East India Shipping Company in the late 18th, early 19th century. He was the first Chinese to be naturalised as a British citizen in 1805.
January 2007


Below, photos taken during recording throughout 2006


Anna Chen Burt Kwouk BBC R4
The lovely Burt Kwouk and Anna. Burt has acted in many films including The Inn of the Sixth Happiness and The Pink Panther, where he played Inspector Clouseau's sidekick Kato. He can now be seen in the TV series, Last of the Summer Wine.
26th July 2006


Anna Chen David Yip
Anna and actor David Yip at his Oxfordshire home. The 1980s TV series, The Chinese Detective, turned David into a household name.
17th August 2006


Lunch with producer Mukti Jain Campion at David Yip's


Actor David Yip at home


Anna Chen Yvonne Foley
With Yvonne Foley who did some masterful research on finding out what happened to her father. Like hundreds of other Chinese seamen, who worked on British merchant ships throughout the Second World War, Yvonne believes he was forcibly repatriated by his shipping company (in collusion with the British Government) as soon as the war was over. She also uncovered some material about my own father who helped set up the Chinese Seaman's Union and Kungho Mutual Aid Association for Chinese living in Britain.
27th July 2006


Anna Chen Jacqueline Chan BBC R4
Anna and actress Jacqueline Chan
15th August 2006


Anna Chen Jacqui Chan BBC R4
Anna and Jacqui