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The Chinese Who Survived the Titanic

'The Six,' a new documentary executive-produced by James Cameron, reveals the hidden stories of six Chinese survivors aboard the Titanic

More than a hundred years after the sinking of the Titanic, and two-billion-dollar’s worth of tears at the box office from James Cameron’s film adaptation, a small rescue team sets out again to salvage from the wreck of this tragedy.

Only this time the excavation takes place not on an ocean floor but in the depths of archives and family histories, and the mission’s target is a piece of the past forgotten from one of the 20th century’s most renowned disasters.

In The Six, researcher and author Steven Schwankert and director Arthur Jones search for traces of the six Chinese survivors of the ill-fated ocean liner that sank off the coast of Newfoundland on April 15, 1912. The journey takes them across the US, China, the UK, and Canada, guided by one single third-class ticket crowded with eight Chinese-sounding names which Schwankert, a maritime history enthusiast, had discovered during routine research into the Titanic.

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author Siyi Chu (褚司怡)

Siyi is the Culture Editor at The World of Chinese. She writes about arts, culture, and society, and is ever-curious about the minds, hearts, and souls inside all of these spheres. Before joining TWOC, she was a freelance writer with some additional work experience in independent filmmaking and the field of education.

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