• Captured in time

    Senior Lecturer Yee-Wah Foo is an expert on Chinese diplomatic history and works extensively in the photographic archive of former Chinese diplomat Fu Bingchang. Here Yee-Wah kindly shares two images from the Fu Bingchang archive. She writes:

    Seventy years ago on a mid-autumnal day the Chinese diplomat, Fu Bingchang, took time off from his duties as a negotiator at the Paris Peace Conference to capture these iconic scenes of post-war France. The Conference lasted from July – October 1946.

    The truck has a sign L'Humanite on its front, as well as on the back and on a poster in the middle on the side, suggesting the lorry was owned by the left-wing newspaper.  The nearest poster on the side includes the word Liberation.

    The truck has a sign L’Humanite on its front, as well as on the back and on a poster in the middle on the side, suggesting the lorry was owned by the left-wing newspaper. The nearest poster on the side includes the word Liberation.

    An avenue of plane trees, possibly leading to a park.

    An avenue of plane trees, possibly leading to a park.

     

    Yee-Wah recently hosted a BBC Radio 4 Documentary entitled ‘Fu Bingchang’s Diaries’ in which she presented her research.  The programme was part of Radio 4’s special on ‘The Big Freeze’ – a Cold War history special.

    Readers can listen to or download the programme here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07kpy46

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