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Author of The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh has been recognised by English Heritage with a Blue Plaque.

Author of <i>The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh</i> has been recognised by English Heritage with a Blue Plaque.
01 July 2019
More than forty years after his death, writer and illustrator Chiang Yee – know as The Silent Traveller – has been recognised by English Heritage with a Blue Plaque.

Chiang Yee arrived in London in 1933 at the age of 30, it was his intention to study at the London School of Economics then return to China, but he went on to become a popular artist and writer, as well as a cultural ambassador for China to the West.

He was the author and illustrator of the much loved Silent Traveller series. The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh was republished recently by Polygon. Beginning with The Silent Traveller: A Chinese Artist in Lakeland (1937), Chiang published The Silent Traveller in London (1938), The Silent Traveller in Wartime (1939), The Silent Traveller in the Yorkshire Dales (1941), and The Silent Traveller in Oxford (1944). His Plaque now sits on the wall of 28 Southmoor Road, Oxford where he lodged from 1940 to 1955. Yee is only the third Chinese person to be recognised in this way.

The Guardian published an article about this event; to find out more you can read the full piece here.