In 2015, Graphic designer Rongkai He, Xueling Wang and me was invited to design the book YAN FU and Chinese imperial students at the Royal Naval College by Doctor Kai Liu who is the professor in University of Greenwich.
In 23 Feb 2016, YAN FU and Chinese imperial students at the Royal Naval College was exhibited in Peking University.
2014 is the 160th birth anniversary of Yan Fu, one of the greatest enlightenment thinkers, educators and translators in modern Chinese history. It is also the 135th year since he graduated from the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, UK. The fact that Yan Fu and his fellow students from Fuzhou Naval Academy studied in the UK was an important milestone in modern Chinese history. They were the first group of Chinese students sent by the Chinese government to study in the UK, and their time in Greenwich was a starting point for Sino-British cultural and academic exchanges.
Against this backdrop, we commemorate Yan Fu and his journey of translating and introducing Western philosophy and academic thoughts into China, as well as his life pursuit of a cultural fusion between the east and the west. It is a significant time to remember Yan Fu and his days at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich—the place where he and his classmates studied, and where the Meridian Line is located between the east and the west, symbolically reflecting Yan Fu’s life-long endeavour of bridging east and west through translation. We hope the remarkable story of Yan Fu and his classmates will inspire people and strengthen the connections between China and the UK.