Chinese Passengers Aboard the Titanic: Background information when reading Luck of the Titanic

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Luck of the Titanic

by Stacey Lee

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Chinese Passengers Aboard the Titanic

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The Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912 In Luck of the Titanic, we get a glimpse into the lives of Chinese passengers and workers aboard the famous "unsinkable" ship, including the xenophobia, racism and classism they face. At the beginning of the novel, author Stacey Lee explains that there were eight real-life Chinese passengers on the Titanic, of whom six survived. While their experience was different from that of the British Chinese characters Lee invented, they served as inspiration for her book. However, relatively little is known about them, as their stories have to an extent been filtered out of history.

We do know that they were all male sailors who, prior to their 1912 voyage on the ship, had been out of work due to the coal strikes occurring in Britain at the time. They were traveling to New York to join a freighter bound for Cuba. Some of their names appeared differently across three separate documents — the United States immigration record, the outward passenger list for the Titanic and the New York...

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