I am very proud of my British Chinese heritage and passionate in supporting the representation, participation and visibility of the British Chinese Community here in the UK.
The British Chinese Project is a national organisation with very big ambitions. Made up of volunteers we promoting the interests of the British Chinese community and work to encourage our the political participation like voting and undermine discrimination.
Working with Michael Wilkes as the two Vice-Chairs of BCProject, we have co-authored a parliamentary report into the Chinese Community and the Police following on form the Stephen Lawerence reports, work closely with representatives from all three parties to support the campaigns of Chinese Candidates from all parties, as well as encourage voter registration and participation to encourage the British Chinese to participate, be seen and heard in British politics.
We are establishing a network of international student organisations across the country to promote voter registration and participation, political hustings and campaigning to support and deliver these aims, as well as linking in with local Chinese Community Centres to support the delivering of their local services to the elderly.
In the run up to the General Election May 2015, we are proud to be supporting the Parliamentary ambitions of 11 candidates with British Chinese background- Five for the Conservatives, Two for the Labour Party, three for the Liberal Democrats and one for the Green Party. This is the largest number of British Chinese Parliamentary candidates for any general election, and we hope to see the election of one of them to the green benches to represent the British Chinese Community.
For Bio’s of all the candidates:
BCProject regularly do fundraising events to support Chinese Community Centres around the country as well as our other projects and charity appeals. In March 2015, our team organised and completed a 23 mile walk around London to raise over £10,000 for Chinese Community centres around the UK including Chinese Information and Advice Centre (CIAC), Chinese National Healthy Living Centre, Chinese Welfare Trust, Chinese Community Centre, Islington Chinese Association :: 依士靈頓華人協會, Camden Chinese Community Centre, Chinese Association of Tower Hamlets, Cambridge Chinese Community Centre, Chinese Community Centre Birmingham and Wai Yin Society
British Chinese project also participates and leads political hustings between the major parties encouraging political participation and engagement by the Chinese Community ready for the General Election, as well as voter registration drives in partnership with Operation Black Vote and their voter registration bus.
With the rise of UKIP and underlying tones of racism and discrimination, the role that we all can play to push against ignorance and make a difference in our country is more important than ever. The British Chinese Community I know to be hard working, conscientious members of society, but most importantly British, with just as much right to be safe from discrimination and intolerance, and to be seen and heard as everyone else.