The Missing Chinese – My Conversation with Milan Svanderlik 29.3.15

Milan Svanderlik - Artist

Milan Svanderlik – Artist

The term ‘outsiders’ often has negative connotations: these are the people who are regarded as ‘them’ in contrast to ‘us’, the arrivals from distant provinces or foreign lands, those not quite belonging, those not exactly fitting in, those not conforming.

Artist: Milan Svanderlik


The ‘Outsiders in London – Are You One, Too!’ is an exhibition of photographic portraits of fourty different Britons (from various and diverse ethnic backgrounds), who, for one reason or another – be it for political, cultural, social, immigration, asylum, racial, ethnic, sexuality, gender, disability, religious, or economic reasons, etc. – consider themselves to be ‘outsiders’ living in London. The artist – Milan Svanderlik – a photographer of some considerable note – interviewed many individuals about their lives, or read significant amounts of written biographies from hundreds of voluntary contributors (apparently shifting out a number of fraudulent participants in the process), before choosing the fourty life stories that he thought best represented the concept he wanted to convey. During my conversation with the artist (on a wet Sunday afternoon in The Gallery in the Crypt of St Martin in the Field, London), he was adamant that this concept of actual or perceived alienation had a life of its own, and that his work was simply served as a conduit of expression. This self-facing and humble attitude, of course, typical of an artist of Milan Svanderlik’s obvious standing and ability, downplays the extent of the research he had to undertake, and the effort and work he had to exert to create such as work of expressive, philosophical, visual and expressive art. These are the names and categories that emerged:

Political – Secular Anarchist – Haldun Musazlioglu

Maverick – Andrew Maisel

Muslim and Gay – Naseer Muhammad

Divorced Woman – Giulia Gentile

Illegal Immigrant – Christine De Oliveira

Political Asylum – Pedro Gonzales

Racial Discrimination – Benedict Ighotu Agbaimoni

Transsexual – Margaret Dawn Pepper

Cross-Dresser ( Transvestite ) – Raphael / Rachel Spicer

Challenging Cultural and Social Norms ( Treatment of Widows ) – Chinwe Azubuike

Living with Deafness – Paul Cripps

Single and Childless Woman, by Choice – Katarína Homolová

Civil & Human Rights Campaigner – Peter Tatchell

Muslims in Britain ( ‘Clash of Civilisations ?’ ) – Harun Rashid Khan

Anti-Zionist Jewish Woman Artist – Anouche Sherman

A Duality of Gender – Pippa Holmes

Living with Serious Illness – Carole Pyke

Historically Vilified Ethnic Group – Roma ( Gypsies ) – Stan ( Stanislaw ) Kierpacz

Personal Presentation and Appearance – Vladmir Damianos

Living with Serious Disability – Henry Fraser

Challenging Social and Political Commentator – Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Living with Dementia – Christine Fagg

Criminalised Peaceful Political Protester – Trenton Oldfield

Anti-Zionist Rabbi (Neturei Karta) – Rabbi Ahron Leib Cohen

Controversial Art Critic and Writer – Brian Sewell

Happy Asexual Woman – Melanie Sawyer

Honour-Based Abuse/Forced Marriage (Karma Nirvana) – Jasvinder Sanghera CBE

Vilified Nationality (Romanians) – Anda Anastasescu

The Dissidence of Old Age – Margaret Owen OBE

Homelessness – Henry Stevenson

Poverty – Dean Steers

Working Tirelessly to Transform a Problem Estate – Julie Louise Fawcett MBE

Respected Insider but an Outsider Too – Lord Herman Ouseley

Inadequate English – Ranjeet Kaur Bhachu

Managing Bi-polar Disorder – Alec Scott Rook

Campaigning for the De-Criminalisation of Drugs – Dr Eliot Ross Albers

An Outsider in Her Own Family – Sonita Turner

Working Class Origins and Social Mobility – Lainy Malkani

Ex-Offender Striving to Make a New Life – Dennis Rose

A Soldier’s Struggle to Return to Civilian Life – Gary Areef Barnes

The Unknown Outsider – Borislav ( Bobo ) Marković

This is a breath-taking array of concerning the analysis of ‘difference’. It is interesting to see the apparent inclusiveness represented by the demographic sample chosen by the artist, and contingent upon those who chose to come forward. One conclusion is that ‘alienation’ is in no way limited to issues of race, ethnicity, or religion, but permeates all social groups from lords to workers, from religionists to secularists, and from asexuality to different expressions of sexuality, and that the subject is probably so diverse that 400, 4000, or even 40,000 people could be chosen to express its presence within British society. The fact that being an ‘outsider’ cuts-through virtually the entirety of British society suggests that there is a historical force at work, which is expressed through the minutiae of individual life experiences. As my family is Anglo-Chinese – with historical links to the UK and China (via Hong Kong) – I was curious why, out of fourty exhibits of individuals that covered many cultural and ethnic backgrounds, (such as Western European, Eastern Europe, Indian subcontinent, Africa, African-Caribbean, and Middle Eastern), and different religions (such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism), and secular atheism, as well as criticism (either directly or implied) of both capitalism and communism, there was not one single representative of the sizable and historically significant Chinese community which has lived in the UK and contributed to its economic and cultural development, in one form or another, for probably over one hundred years or more. To be fair to Milan Svanderlik, he made it clear to me that he could only work with the people who approached him, and that he does not, as a general rule, actively approach specific individuals or groups to participate in his art projects – which remain essentially ‘self-selecting’. He also made the point that he does not necessarily consider ‘ethnicity’, in and of itself, grounds for a person (or by implication a group of people), to be considered an ‘outsider’. In other words, how one looks is not necessarily grounds for social exclusion. I found this explanation something of a philosophical contradiction to the premise of the entire exhibition – as racism is a major component (albeit not the only constituent) of why many people feel alienated.

Where are the missing Chinese people of the UK? Well, there are hundreds of thousands British born Chinese people living in the UK whose parents or grandparents cane from the British colony of Hong Kong. This number is augmented by probably a million ore mainland Chinese students who attend British universities – and others who are employed in UK business. During WWI, thousands of Chinese men were conscripted into the British Army to work as unarmed labourers on the frontline in France. Despite taking all the same risks as the armed soldiers, they were paid less and used essentially as pack-animals – carrying food, ammunition, and desperately needed equipment to the frontline, and carrying the bodies of the dead and wounded to the rear areas for burial or to receive medical attention. Many of these men settled in and around Liverpool after the war – but the rightwing British press (led by the Daily Mail ad Daily Telegraph), demanded that they be rejected from the UK as their presence was culturally polluting. As a result, the British Army was sent into their living areas and they were rounded-up at bayonet point and put on ships back to China. This process took just two weeks to expel 20,000 Chinese people from the British shores. Astonishingly, this process occurred again (although on a smaller scale) in London in 1946 – where thousands of Chinese men, (some of whom had married English women), were arrested by the police on their way to work, and deported back to Hong Kong or China – never to be heard of again. Their descendents still live in the UK today – but have never forgotten what happened to their family members. Since these dark times, the British Chinese community has grown from strength to strength, but due to the despicable historical treatment it has received from the British authorities, it has tended to keep itself away from official contact as a policy of self-preservation. Perhaps this explains why individuals from the British Chinese community – made to feel as eternal ‘outsiders’ – did not come forward to participate in this gathering of important stories.



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Milan Svanderlik’s – Outsiders In London Exhibition – 2015




Disabled Pig in China Learns to Walk on Two Legs Through Self-Improvement

Firm and Strong Pig

Firm and Strong Pig

Original Chinese Language Article: By

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Poem to the Special Pig Called ‘Firm and Strong’ (坚强 – Jian Qiang).

Two back legs missing since birth is an innate disability.

Trying to walk was like experiencing a living death.

As such – Jian Qiang – received a special love and affection.

His great and noble determination was known far and wide throughout society.

In Mengcheng County, Anhui province, at a place called Stone Mountain Village,(which is part of the Wangji Township), Ge Xin Ping (葛新平) raises pigs for a living. He says that in July of this year (2011), a pig was born with no hind legs. This pig was unusual as he learned to walk only on its front two legs – looking like an acrobat – and people came from far around to see him. Local people named him ‘Firm and Strong’. Through careful looking after, this pig has now grown to over 30 kilos in weight – even without his hind legs. He now lives in his own living space and will be looked after for the rest of his natural life.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.

Original Chinese Language Source Article:

2011-11-27 09:43








Chinese Ideogram ‘王’ (Wang2) King or Ruler

王 (Wang2)

王 (Wang2)

This is one of the first Chinese characters that I learned to analyse.  The British sinologist Richard Hunn (1949-2006) was teaching me how to read and interpret the Yijing (易經), and he used the traditional Chinese method of linking ‘王’ (Wang2) to the eight trigrams (八卦 – Ba Gua) – specifically to ‘☰’ ( – Tian1) – or the ‘Divine-sky’.  the three horizontal lines represents the following:

1) Top line = Divine-sky ( – Tian1.

2) Middle line = Humanity (人 – Ren2).

3) Bottom line = Earth (地 – Di4).

The vertical line travelling from top to bottom (or from bottom to top) of the ideogram serves to ‘unite’ the divine-sky, with humanity and the broad earth.  In other words, within the constructs of feudal China, a great being (usually male, but occasionally female), possessed the wisdom and virtue to bring all of humanity together, but not on its own, but inaccordance with the universe above, and nature below.  This is the acquisition of inner and outer harmony brought about in the physical world through clear-thinking and lack of selfish motives.   Another way of interpreting ‘王’ (Wang2) is to view its structure as representing a human head that is capable of thinking great thoughts.  The implication is that if one possesses the ability to think clearly and profoundly, then within Chinese feudal society such a person is obliged to assist society by positively contributing to it – usually through a leadership role.  Today, in modern China, this view is out of date, as there now exists universal education which teaches the ordinary people to ‘think’ for themselves.  However, ‘王’ (Wang2) is relevant for self-development on a system-wide scale where all beings can use it as a cognitive map and guide for psychological, emotional, and physical cultivation.  Although one person can nolonger ‘rule’ society, establishing inner and outer harmony within the individual serves to benefit all beings by removing ignorance and conflict from the within the human mind and from the interactions that comprise society.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.


DPRK Protests Following South Korean Insults of Kim Jong Un

DPRK Soldiers Defy South Korea

DPRK Soldiers Defy South Korea

Original Chinese Language Article:

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

North Korea has recently witnessed 150,000 of its citizens gathering en masse to protest South Korean insults aimed at its leader – Kim Jong Un. In South Korea, the people are asking how it is that they have insulted Kim Jong Un?

North Korean media recently reported that a group of South Korean soldiers based in Inchon – used insulting language aimed at a portrait of the supreme leader – and that this act has caused a strong reaction from many circles in North Korea.

150,000 Gathered

150,000 Gathered

Korean People’s Army Supreme Command spokesman said in a statement that any attempt to profane, libel or damage the dignity of the DPRK Supreme Leader will be mercilessly hit with punishment which will reflect the magnitude of the provocation.

The North Korean Central Committee Television News reported that in Pyongyang on March the 4th, 2012, residents gathered in Kim Il Sung Square to denounce the South Korean Army to insult aimed at the North Korean Labour Party, Central Military Commission Vice Committee Chief – Kim Jong Un. This was the largest gathering since the funeral of Kim Jong Il funeral.

DPRK Woen Soldiers

DPRK Women Soldie

Film footage was released on the 3rd of March 2012 showing patriotic North Korean soldiers raising with their hands and guns defiantly in the air and shouting loyal slogans to the DPRK. They demonstrated fighting spirit by pledging to fight to the death to maintain the national dignity.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.

Origin Chinese Language Source Article:

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Morden Tube Station – Owl

)wl - Morden Tube Station

Owl – Morden Tube Station

This is a life-like model of an owl placed near the lift entrance that serves Platform 5 of Morden Tube Station in South London.  This is the southern end of the Northern Line tube service which was opened on the 13th of September, 1926.  Apparently, Transport for London (TFL) have a policy of placing very realistic Owl models at various stations situated above ground, as a means to scare away pigeons and prevent them from landing, feeding, and nesting etc.

Inside Story: Buddhist Monk Heats the Pan!

Imaginative Use of  a Wok!

Imaginative Use of a Wok!

Original Chinese Language Article: By

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

This is the inside story exposing the Buddhist monks who heat the pan! How is it that a pan can be heated whilst a monk sits meditating inside it, and nothing bad happens? During meditation in the hot pan, what tricks are the monks using? According to the American adventure news website ‘’, it was reported on March 11th, 2015, that recently a video has gone viral showing a number of Thai Buddhist monks meditating whilst sat in a hot pan of boiling oil. Many people wanted to know the names of these extraordinary monks, and enquired as to what ‘method’ or ‘magic’ was being used to enable such an extreme endurance?

However, through the use of the language of the scientific method, the apparent ‘secret’ can be seen through, and suggests the monks are lying.  The video shows that the oil has been heated for a long time, but is not boiling. This suggests some kind of trick is being used by the monks. The introduction to the video suggests that the monks coated the inner surface of the pan with a herbal layer that enabled the oil to warm-up, but not to reach any dangerous temperatures that could harm the monks. After-all, why would monks take the risk of harming themselves during meditation? It seems that this test was designed to demonstrate the monks ‘divine’ will-power. However, only a drunk person would not see through this deception, for if it was real, logic dictates that it would only lead to severe injury.

Original Chinese Language Source Article:







Xu Yun’s Enlightenment Gatha

Xu Yun Gatha

Xu Yun Gatha

Ch’an Master Xu Yun attained to a major breakthrough in his self-cultivation during his 56th year of life (1895-96), whilst staying at the Gaomin Monastery situated in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, China.  The above calligraphy is the second two lines of Xu Yun’s Enlightenment Gatha – brushed by the famous Pureland Master Jing Kong.  During a night of meditation, Xu Yun was sat upright in the cross-legged position when an attending monk came into the hall to give each practitioner a cup of warm water.  By accident, the attendant spilt hot water on Xu Yun’s hand and he dropped the cup, which fell and smashed on the ground.  At that precise moment, Xu Yun’s mind completely ‘turned about’ and became all-embracing and free from doubt.  He composed a gatha – the two lines above read in Chinese as:


This translates into English as:

‘Spring arrives and flowers bloom everywhere.  The mountains and rivers of the Great Earth and the Tathagata.’

Extracted from the Original Chinese Language Source Article:

Colin Jordan’s Red Leanings

World Fuhrer - Colin Jordon

World Fuhrer – Colin Jordan

In the 1980’s, the BBC filmed a number of interviews and news clips featuring the rampant British racist and National Socialist Mr Colin Jordan (1923-2009). Just as the equally racist and incoherent UKIP today receives unjustified and extensive wall to wall media coverage (despite the fact that it has no discernible answer to any political issue) in the 1960’s, Colin Jordan and his ‘White Defence League’, attracted newspaper reporters and television news crews. Jordon’s neo-Nazi viewpoints were essentially nothing original and amounted to little more than his reading of Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kamp’. It is interesting to note that in a country that lost tens of thousands of people fighting the forces of Nazi Germany, a person like Colin Jordan could appear and persist in the perpetuation of a thoroughly discredited political theory that once attempted to destroy the very country that had given him birth. Ironically, although viewing himself as something of a racial ‘superman’, his applications to join the Fleet Air Arm and the Royal Air Force during WWII, were both declined on health grounds. When the UK government decided that migrants from the British colonies – as ‘British Citizens’ – could resettle on mainland Britain in the 1950’s and 1960’s – Jordan took exception, and saw this as a call to arms. It was believed in the UK at the time that non-White immigrants from the colonies could be used (as second class citizens) to form a cheap army of labour employed to rebuild Britain’s shattered cities. The racists of the time, (being perpetually ‘out of step’ as they undoubtedly are), could not envisage that the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of these victims of British imperialism, would not only start successful businesses of their own, but also become soldiers, police officers, nurses, midwives, layers, doctors, judges, and many other professions, etc., and in so doing, immeasurably contribute to the well-being, wealth and security of the British nation.

One of the defining features of the British bourgeoisie is that it truly loves a good racist. Although racist individuals – as educationally sub-normal as they are – contribute nothing constructive to the political or cultural life of the contemporary UK, they do possess a certain entertainment value that is something like a bizarre cross between a Hobby Horse and a May Pole. No one living today really knows what the British ancestors used these objects for, but brushing them off once a year, and parading around the local town allows for a carnival atmosphere that is not intended to last long before normal life is restored and familiar patterns re-engaged. The bourgeois – despite holding quite stringent and racialist viewpoints – nevertheless prefer to think of themselves as morally ‘pure’ in a Christian sense, despite the fact that much of their natural bigotry arises from within the Church itself. Colin Jordan – a Cambridge graduate – fitted this role exactly. Here was a man with a criminal record as long as his arm (which included several stints in jail), who could never intellectually raise himself above the gutter instincts of the psychologically damaged and permanently deranged. He came to court the media attention the British establishment heaped upon him, and started behaving in ever-more outlandish ways to achieve notoriety. Although intellectually dead in the water, this man went on to influence the British far-right for decades, and despite eulogising Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, he was not arrested or deported – a very different treatment compared to Black and Asian British citizens today, who, if expressing an interest in, or allegiance to a perceived ‘foreign’ political or religious movement, are either imprisoned (usually without trial), or deported. The difference in treatment between White British and Black and Asian British citizens demonstrates the natural racism inherent in the British system.

Like many people who attach themselves to the mythos of Adolf Hitler, Colin Jordan had a profound character flaw to add to his medical inadequacies. In 2001, during the height of the resurgence of the British National Party (BNP), Jordan was arrested by police at the Leamington Spa branch of a well-known supermarket. He was subsequently charged by police with the theft of three ‘red’ coloured pairs of knickers. This suggests a fetish-like obsession with female underwear, or perhaps even issues of gender confusion with trans-gender leanings. The reason these knickers were ‘red’ was because subconsciously Jordon knew that his liking of female underwear would not be tolerated by the vicious rightwing ideology he espoused. Red for danger. Indeed, such an issue as gender confusion (and possible latent homosexual tendencies) would only be tolerated by the very Leftwing movement that Jordan’s Hitlerism deemed ‘inferior’ and ‘not worthy of life’. In all likelihood, the rampant racist Colin Jordan wanted ‘out’ of the far-right and the stealing ‘red’ knickers can be construed as his ‘cry for help’, although at the time, he tried to explain his behaviour away in a politically correct rightwing manner. As things transpired, the trial judge accepted that Jordan’s heart condition did not render him fit for trial and the case was dropped. This apparently ‘sick’ man went on to live for another eight years. Laughably, a collection of Jordon’s collected speeches was published in 1993. Characters like this are useful because they express the inadequacies and contradictions inherent within British society.


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