Food for thought.
Chinese Britons have put up with racism for too long
Many people are shocked to hear the extent of prejudice against the Chinese – is it so surprising when stereotypes still flourish?
Chinese Britons are often referred to as a “silent” or “hidden” minority. For although we are the fourth-largest minority ethnic group in the UK, we are virtually invisible in public life, principally the arts, media and politics.
On the surface, the Chinese seem relatively content and well-to-do, with British Chinese pupils regularly outperforming their classmates and Chinese men more likely than any other ethnic group to be in a professional job. Consequently, we are often overlooked in talks on racism and social exclusion.
But academic and economic successes do not negate feelings of marginalisation. A 2009 study by The Monitoring Group and Hull University suggested that British Chinese are particularly prone to racial violence and harassment, but that the true extent to their victimisation was often overlooked because victims were unwilling to report it…
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/11/british-chinese-racism ©Elizabeth Chan for guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 11 January 2012 11.07