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Chinese History in Birmingham

These pages are a brief history of Chinese people in Birmingham drawing on material held in Birmingham Libraries. Follow the links below to discover more about the long-standing connections between Birmingham and East Asia.

To find out what Birmingham Libraries has in stock about China, please use the online library catalogue. Simply type China or Chinese in the Keyword Search box. If you're going to travel to a library to collect a book or CD, please phone first to make sure it's on the shelf.


Early Links between Birmingham and China

The first trade links between Birmingham and China

The Searchlight, March 5th 1914

Early Chinese presence in Birmingham

Chinese settlement in the early twentieth century

Tung Hing restaurant, 1959
Post-war Chinese migration to Birmingham

Half the Sky, 1994
Find out more about Chinese history in Birmingham

Terry Lo photograph
Photographs of Birmingham Chinese life

Chinese New Year, by Nichola Gotts

Chinese New Year in the Arcadian Centre

Chinese Community Menu

Information about Chinese language, religion, festivals, food, medicine and way of life.

Diverse Birmingham

Information about Birmingham's diverse communities

NEW ! You can now see more photographs of From Cathay to Pershore Street by Terry Lo on the Connecting Histories web site.