The World War One Chinese Labor Corps

This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are delighted to host Mark O’Neill, author of The Chinese Labour Corps, for a discussion of the Chinese contribution to World War One. As a comprehensive look into China’s role in The Great War, O’Neill’s book concerns the history of the roughly 135,000 workers from Shandong who worked on the battlefields of Europe where they handled everything from digging trenches to building munitions even under the threat of regular bombing.