Anne Witchard is a senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Westminster, where she specialises in fin de siècle culture, modernism, China studies and the Gothic. She has researched and written on London and Chinatown in the early twentieth century. Her books include Lao She in London and Thomas Burke's Dark Chinoiserie: Limehouse Nights and the Queer Spell of Chinatown.
As England suffered heavy casualties at the front during World War One, the nation closed ranks against outsiders at home. England sought to reaffirm its racial dominance at the heart of the empire, and the Chinese in London became the principal scapegoat for anti-foreign sentiment.Buy now