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The talk traces the origins of popular prejudices about China – the Chinese at home and abroad – through films, plays, pantomimes, music-hall, popular fiction, and especially the characters of Dr Fu Manchu who first appeared in 1912.
Sir Christopher Frayling is a British educationalist and writer, known for his study of popular culture. He was the first professor of cultural history at the Royal College of Art,1979, and pioneered joint postgraduate courses with the V&A, Imperial College, the Arts Council and Tate. He became Rector in 1996. He is well-known as a writer and broadcaster, and has published more than a dozen books. He was knighted for 'services to art and design education' in 2001.