Reported by: Migrants’ Rights Network, 17 March.
Yesterday’s conference, organised by Min Quan (project of the Monitoring Group) in Parliament, was an excellent opportunity for the 70 or so activists and community groups from across the country who were there to debate the challenges faced by the modern Chinese population in the UK – and to identify the ways that groups can work together to overcome these issues.
The ongoing incidence of hate crimes against the Chinese population was the pretext for the conference, which drew together issues of representation, rights and migration. The appalling message reiterated in the Hidden from Public View research report released by Min Quan in 2009 was that, although they may go unreported, as many as one in six Chinese people have experienced racist and
in many cases violent abuse in the UK. Min Quan is rightly calling for better political engagement with the issue of hate crimes against people of Chinese origin.
This debate was flanked with panel-led discussions on the representation of Chinese people, and on Chinese migration to the UK. These debates raised meaty questions on how advocacy in support of the Chinese population can be more vocally driven forward, whilst avoiding reinforcing existing stereotypes about the character of Chinese communities and their interests.