Where do you call ‘home’?
An afternoon of conversation and documentary film screening with first British Chinese parliamentarian Anna Lo
2017 marks twenty years since the British handover of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China. This anniversary provides a fitting moment to reflect on the human dimensions of the long-standing and complex relationship between the British and Chinese. Anna Lo, the first China-born parliamentarian in Europe, journeyed from Hong Kong to Belfast in 1974. She served two terms in the Northern Ireland Assembly, before retiring from the political career in 2016. The audio-visual collaborative research project ‘British Born Chinese’ (2015) sheds light on the experiences of two British born Chinese schoolboys in Manchester straddling two cultures and identities. This documentary film screening and discussion of Anna Lo’s memoir ‘The place I call home’ (2016) will serve as a critical platform to reflect on the challenges of finding home abroad, combining multiple identities, and ethnic minorities’ engagement with politics.
This event is brought to you as part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science. www.esrcmanchesterfest.ac.uk
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