Chinese Air Force Graduation, December 1938

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Title

Chinese Air Force Graduation, December 1938

Creator

Contributor

Chennault, Claire Lee, 1893-1964

Description

Black and white film taken by Chinese Air Force Interpreter P.Y. Shu (no sound). The footage was recorded by Shu as he traveled with Col. Claire Chennault to aid the Chinese Air Force in training and establishing the American Volunteer Group (AVG). The footage documents Shu's travel and family as well as Chennault's and the AVG's activities during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Time-stamped scene list: 00:00 Aerial shot of a city. Chinese flag and flagpole with carved words of Chinese cadet school. Building of the school. Inside of the building. Picture of President Chiang Kai-shek and other ornaments on the wall. 02:35 An old building. A person paints the wall. Buildings of the Kunming Air Cadet School. 03:20 Graduation ceremony in a hall. "Tiger" Wang Shuming and others come out of the hall. Crowd of cadets in front of the building. A group of Chinese officers and their wives walk on the campus. 04:29 Chennault sits next to General Lung Yin and with Billie McDonald. Basketball game. Officers and wives leave. 05:32 Chennault talks to General Chen and General Jiou, the chief of aeronautical commission. He sits with them. Rugby game. 06:20 Chinese children. P. Y. Shu and his son. 07:12 Welcome party for the American ambassador. A Chinese personnel gives speech. American ambassador gives speech. 08:19 Chennault smokes at a table in the party. Ambassador shakes hands with Chinese people. 09:15 Chennault sits next to Ambassador. Ambassador and Chinese people. (American councilman in the crowd.) 09:57 Soccer game. People leave after the game. 12:02 Volleyball game. Chinese cadets (including P.Y. Shu) in front of school. 13:02 Ambassador with Chennault and "Tiger" Wang visits and leaves the cadet school. 14:28 Chennault, an officer and "Tiger" Wang in front of a building. Chennault with Billie McDonald and Western officers.

Coverage

World War II

Date

1938

Rights

In Copyright

Publisher

Grand Valley State University. University Libraries. Special Collections & University Archives

Identifier

Shu-129

Format

video/mp17

Type

Moving Image

Language

eng
chi

Citation

P.Y. Shu, “Chinese Air Force Graduation, December 1938,” Digital Collections, accessed February 21, 2024, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/53324.
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