Opinion – The forgotten army of the first world war: How Chinese labourers helped shape Europe | South China Morning Post – John Gelmini

English: Chinese labourers working at the Sing...

English: Chinese labourers working at the Singkep Tin Company eating a meal Nederlands: Foto. Chinese contractarbeiders in dienst van de Singkep Tin Maatschappij tijdens een maaltijd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thank Dr Alf for sharing this unusual article from the South China Morning Post.

As Dr Alf says ,the story is moving and it is one we would never have known about in the West but for the South China Morning Post.

Global history needs to reflect the contribution of everyone, not just those we choose to remember and it needs to be complete and accurate.

Airbrushing atrocities and events out of view does not help people to learn the lessons that they need to learn to stop events like the World Wars happening again.

John Gelmini

The forgotten army of the first world war: How Chinese labourers helped shape Europe | South China Morning Post

English: Chinese at work on C.P.R. (Canadian P...

English: Chinese at work on C.P.R. (Canadian Pacific Railway) in Mountains, 1884. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chinese contract labourers from Shantou (China...

Chinese contract labourers from Shantou (China) leaving the boat ‘s Jacob in Belawan for working on the tobacco plantations, Sumatra. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Chinese labourers working at the Sing...

English: Chinese labourers working at the Singkep Tin Company eating a meal Nederlands: Foto. Chinese contractarbeiders in dienst van de Singkep Tin Maatschappij tijdens een maaltijd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Chinese labourers in the phosphate mi...

English: Chinese labourers in the phosphate mine, Nauru Français : Mineurs chinois dans la mine de phosphate, Nauru (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Chinese labourers loading bananas ont...

English: Chinese labourers loading bananas onto a steamer at Geraldton, Queensland, 1906 Chinese labourers loading bananas into a steamer from their punts at Geraldton (now Innisfail). (Description supplied with photograph). The photograph was taken by W. Minkin of Geraldton, and possibly appeared in the North Queensland Register on 7 May 1906. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent article and a strongly recommended read from the South China Morning Post. Check it out!

via The forgotten army of the first world war: How Chinese labourers helped shape Europe | South China Morning Post.

With a keen interest in twentieth century history, this article captured my full attention. I was very moved by this story. It provides a different perspective on WWI.

This article shows China’s strength and maturity. It is able to reconcile itself with the history of the Chinese people, without thoughts of nationalism. Abe’s Japan can perhaps learn from China.

Thoughts?