Chinese and Any Other Asian

Chinese and Any Other Asian: Exploring East and South East Asian Identity in Britain

Philosophy & Social Sciences, Cultural & Media Studies
Hardback Published on: 06/02/2025
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Synopsis

On many forms in the UK where ethnicity needs to be ticked, the space for East and South East Asia is 'Chinese or Any Other Asian'. This represents a shameful sweeping together of a vastly varied heritage and experience. East and South East Asian people have lived and worked in the UK for centuries, fought for the British Army in both world wars, have influenced British culture through food, writing, music and art in a multitude of ways. And yet this influence is often overlooked, and even ignored.

The same goes for the unique form of racism experienced by people of ESEA heritage. ESEA women are exoticized and sexualised, Asian food is mocked as unhealthy and our restaurants as dirty, our culture is appropriated, we are assumed to be the nanny of our mixed-race children, and we are blamed for the Covid-19 pandemic. All of this is often dismissed or downplayed because of the 'model minority' myth.

For the first time, author Anna Sulan Masing addresses these issues in a comprehensive way. She explores what it means to be East and South East Asian in Britain today, and celebrates the multiple elements and varied experiences that make up ESEA identity. Short, powerful, moving and illuminating, this will be a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the make-up of our multicultural society.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781399606653
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Dimensions: 222 x 138 mm

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