Wing Yip (Purley Way): Tai Tung Restaurant Nepotism and Discrimination (16.2.2018)

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Wing Yip Supermarket

As an Anglo-Chinese family living in Sutton – Southwest London – we used to frequent the Tai Tung Restaurant nearly every weekend when the older relatives were alive, but this activity lessened around 2008, when the prices were doubled overnight, and the portions halved. It made much better economic sense to catch the Tube to Leicester Square (a journey free of the traffic congestion in and around the Croydon area), and eat in a cheap and well run Yun Cha (Dim Sum) restaurant in Gerrard Street (i.e. London’s Chinatown. We had not visited the Wing Yip Supermarket in Purley Way for around ten years, but today, my partner Gee and myself, decided to take our two young daughters to experience the local Chinese community. Bear in mind that for over a decade we have been socializing with Mainland Chinese people from Communist China, and had gotten used to their modern and civilised attitudes. Thinking back, we used to eat in the Tai Tung Restaurant (situated within the Wing Yip complex in Purley Way) in large groups of extended family members. We even took my mother – Diane Wyles – there when she was visiting from Devon around 2001, but I do remember certain issues. Once, whilst waiting for a table to take our Chinese grandmother for a meal, it took over two hours to be seated. Another time, we were seated in the restaurant and were not approached by a waitress for over 45 minutes – and then it was to be asked whether we wanted our bill!

The Wing Yip family are very successful members of the British Chinese community, and they cannot be faulted for their hard-work and dedication. They are British citizens and unlike many corporations in the UK – Wing Yip actually pays its fair share of tax. They also originate from a Hong Kong that was a British imperialist colony. Up until 1997, this part of China had been more or less immune from the Socialist transformation that occurred on the Mainland from 1949 onwards. These Chinese people were subjected to a brutal British colonial administration that made it clear that Whites were superior to Chinese, but that Chinese were better than Asians or Africans, etc. For many from the older generations in Hong Kong, it was taught that the only way to survive was by conforming to, and accepting this British imperialist attitude of racial discrimination. What this has meant for pockets of Chinese people from the old Hong Kong, is that these outdated attitudes are applied in an inverse manner in the UK. The manager of the Tai Tung Restaurant practises these discriminative attitudes when allotting tables to queuing members of the public, during times of high density eating. Our experience today serves to confirm what others have told me in the past, but which I was not paying attention to prior 2008.

This is how British colonial attitudes are applied at the Tai Tung Restaurant:

  1. Chinese people who are known are privileged over Chinese people who are not known.
  2. Chinese people who are not known are privileged over non-Chinese people who are known or not known.
  3. Mixed ethnicity couples involving an ethnic Chinese partner are treated as ‘non-Chinese’ and pushed to the back of the queue.

Furthermore, Wing Yip has provided in the past small bursaries for British born Chinese people, but on the application form, the applicant must provide proof that they are ‘ethnic Chinese’, and that neither of their parents are of ‘non-Chinese’ origin. As far as I am aware, this is ‘illegal’ in the UK under racial discrimination laws. When we arrived at Wing Yip today (to celebrate Chinese New Year), we received number ’55’ and joined to queue of around ten people who were waiting. Soon about another 20 odd people arrived and numbers were being given-out into the 70’s. however, after waiting 30 minutes, we noticed that the group of people around us (all mixed ethnicity families involving an ethnic Chinese partner and a Black, Asian or White partner and children) were being ignored, and instead people who had just arrived holding numbers like ’68’, ’71’ and ’75’, etc, were being called in front of use because a) they were ethnic Chinese, and b) know the owner! Our group started to complain about what was happening in front of our eyes, only to be told the ‘right kind of table’ is not ready. Most of the mixed ethnicity groups involved families of four members – and yet groups of four were being allowed in who had only just arrived!  This is a sickening display on two counts. 1) ethnic Chinese people should know better than to racially discriminate in the UK, and 2) what we are seeing here is British colonial rule being applied to Hong Kong businesses in the UK. I would suggest boycotting Wing Yip and spending your money elsewhere. Gerrard Street has many wonderful eateries that have well-mannered staff and reasonably priced food, but having said this, there are now many very good Mainland Chinese restaurants all over the UK. The Tai Tung Restaurant in Wing Yip (Purely Way) brings shame down upon the Chinese people, and insults all those people of other ethnicities who would otherwise like to interact with ethnic Chinese people.

 

Jack Whitehall’s ‘Bad Education’ Really is ‘Bad’ (2012-2015)

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Bad Education was commissioned by BBC3 between 2012-2014 and even spawned a film in 2015. Although universally panned (even by the racist Daily Mail), it has received good ratings upon screening, and has sustained reasonable DVD sales. The problem is that this series as a concept is entirely premised upon its creator – Jack Whitehall’s – middle class stereotypes of the working class and ethnic minorities. Furthermore, its depiction of homosexuality is entirely homophobic in nature, but disguised as ‘inclusion’. In fact, all of Whitehall’s characters are nothing but negative gender, ethnic and class stereotypes that are demeaning and disemporing. This should not be surprising, as Whitehall is the product of his own bourgeois socio-economic conditioning. For a responsible parent, the idea of a teacher like Jack Whitehall’s character is distressing and alarming. Failing schools are not funny, and social inequality is not a laughing matter for those not living in a middle class utopia. When a society fails its children due to an asymmetric distribution of wealth and resources, this is ‘child abuse’ and not humour. Ignorant working class children with no responsible adult role models should not be the cannon fodder the Whitehall’s flagging career, but the class prejudice he displays runs much deeper than this. The assistant head master is depicted in an entirely misogynistic manner. This character is made to appear like a male fascist hell-bent on world domination. She is sexually aggressive (whilst depicted as ‘repulsive’), and her sexual preference appears to change with the wind. although Nazi-esque in attitude, Whitehall avoids all mention of Hitler and Nazi Germany, but instead has a Soviet education poster hanging on her office wall. At this point all is implied but nothing is said. Obviously Whitehall is so poorly educated in reality, that he accepts and perpetuates US Cold War propaganda that equates Nazi Germany with the Soviet Union (despite the fact that the USSR was an ally of the UK during WWII, and lost between 27-40 million people fighting Nazi Germany). In a later episode which features the sub-plot that the deputy head has committed suicide, Whitehall has one of his working class thugs stating that she is probably in hell with Stalin – as if Joseph Stalin was a bad person! Again, Whitehall does his best to demonize the Soviet Union whilst protecting the reputation of Nazi Germany. As for disability, Whitehall seems to think that everyone with a disability possesses legs that do not function – that is it.  Probably the most outrageously ‘racist’ element of this ‘comedy’ is the character of Jing Hua – a supposedly Mainland Chinese teenager attending school for some unknown reason in Watford. Whitehall does not seem to understand that Britain possesses its own indigenous Chinese community of children born in the UK. By depicting Jing Hua as he does, he omits from British history the historical Chinese presence in this country – a country that has forcibly deported its Chinese populations twice – once in 1919 and again in 1946 – due to White British racist and xenophobic attitudes. Even if it is argued that there are Mainland Chinese students in the UK (which there undoubtedly are), Whitehall is entirely wrong to cast a Japanese actress (Kae Alexander) in the role of Jing Hua, when there are many fine and capable British born Chinese actresses to choice from. Furthermore, Japan committed atrocities in China during WWIi (and before), killing millions of Chinese men, women and children, crimes that the Japanese government will neither admit to, or apologise for.  The character of Jing Hua appears to have been created by Whitehall for his character to attack Communist China, and make an apparently ‘Chinese’ student the butt of all his racially motivated ‘jokes’. Bad Education is a disgrace in the 21st century, and reminds me of a modern re-make of the notoriously ‘racist’ Mind Your Language from the 1970’s. Jack Whitehall and BBC3 demonstrate that prejudice and racism survives the changing times by adapting the manner in which they manifest.

Churchill’s Role in the 1919 Deportation of 20,000 British Chinese People

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The Aliens Restriction Act (Amendment) Act 1919 – was an extension of the 1914 Aliens Restriction Act – which was designed to limit ‘enemy’ aliens entering or travelling through the UK during WWI. Although thousands of Chinese men were brought to the UK to assist the British Army in France, (where they served as unarmed labourers both behind and in the frontlines), the British government deliberately used the Aliens Restriction Act (Amendment) Act 1919 to expel around 20,000 Chinese people from the UK in 1919. What were once ‘Allies’ of the UK became – with the flick of a pen – ‘alien’ intruders. During December 1918, the General Election in post-WWI Britain brought David Lloyd George and his Coalition Government (between Liberals and Conservatives) to power. In January 1919, Winston Churchill was appointed Secretary of State for War and Secretary of State for Air. Although responsible for the demobilisation of the enlarged wartime British Army serving in France, his influence in all aspects of domestic British government was substantial. He used his authority to order the British Army to break strikes and quell all working-class protest and descent. Meanwhile, on June 3rd, 1919, the official first large-scale strike occurred in Shanghai China, whereby at least 70,000 Chinese workers in more than 50 enterprises (including Textile, Machinery, Railway, Automobile, Ferry, and Ironworks, etc) organised themselves into strong Unions and took to the streets in protest. This unprecedented action permeated throughout the Chinese diaspora, where for the first-time overseas Chinese people started rebelling against Western racist attitudes, and terrible working conditions. Although there was a strong sense of nationalism and xenophobia in the UK immediately following victory in WWI, the British Government’s attention was drawn to the British Chinese population primarily through its agitation and strike action. This was happening at a time when workers throughout the UK were also rising-up. Far from making a ‘land fit for heroes’, the British Government wanted to prevent at all costs a Bolshevik-style Revolution in the UK, and certainly was not inclined to sit back and watch migrant Chinese workers unite with British workers and overthrow the capitalist State. Churchill, as the effective head of the British military, ordered British troops to clear-out Chinese migrant settlements (at bayonet point) particularly around the Liverpool area. Around 20,000 Chinese people were forced onto ships and deported back to China. The situation in the UK was exasperated by the fact that Lenin in Revolutionary Russia had issued a decree on June 25th, in the name of the Chinese people, stating that all ‘unequal’ and ‘imperialistic’ treaties between Czarist Russia and China were now null and void, and he encouraged the Chinese people to ‘rise-up’ against colonialism, imperialism and capitalism – stating that Soviet Russia will support a ‘Communist’ China. In the meantime, the British Army had been ordered into Revolutionary Russia in 1918, and was still attempting to destroy the Russian Revolution when Churchill took hold of the reins. This foreign intervention would be defeated by the Bolsheviks in 1921, but by this time the British Chinese population had already been deported and was a distant memory. Chinese people continued to live in the UK, but at drastically reduced numbers (in the 1921 Census, there were just under 2,500 Chinese people still living in the UK). What I find interesting is how a contemporary British Chinese population (that views itself as ‘middle class’), plays down the obvious British racism aimed at the early Chinese settlers in the UK, whilst also writing out of any narrative histories the impact of ‘Socialism’ upon the Chinese community. Ironically, due to British racist attitudes, those Chinese people who think they are ‘middle class’, exist within a cultural vacuum due to the ‘exclusion’ they suffer from the White middle class they strive to emulate. The White middle class does not recognise or accept any other version of bourgeois existence as being on an equal footing with their own. Therefore, those Chinese people who have made money and secured a good job tend to relate to the very conservative attitudes their White colleagues hold, which paradoxically serve as the basis for racial exclusion. Therefore, middle class Chinese people navigate British society through the agency of affluence, which entails an adopting of an antagonistic attitude toward Mainland (Communist) China, whilst simultaneously denying the reality (and existence) of the Eurocentric racism they a priori experience everyday. I draw a distinction between ‘middle class’ Chinese people (who possess a privileged access to media, education and political influence), and the masses of Chinese people in the UK who are ordinary workers who often pursue Union membership and collective bargaining. The story of the ordinary Chinese worker is often obscured due to their general lack of access to the middle class establishment. Whereas middle class British Chinese people look to the ‘White’ British establishment for their sustenance, invariably the down-trodden and oppressed Chinese workers often instinctively look toward Communist China for ideological support.

Chinese Language Reference:

https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/1919年

Elliot Rodger: Bourgeois Excess, Racism, Mental Illness & Self-Hating Gayness

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‘Full Asian men are disgustingly ugly and white girls would never go for you. You’re just butthurt that you were born as an Asian piece of shit, so you lash out by linking these fake pictures. You even admit that you wish you were half white. You’ll never be half-white and you’ll never fulfil your dream of marrying a white woman. I suggest you jump off a bridge.’

‘How could an inferior, ugly black boy be able to get a white girl and not me? I am beautiful, and I am half white myself. I am descended from British aristocracy. He is descended from slaves.’

My Twisted World: The Story of Elliot Rodger

Elliot Rodger (B. 1991) is an example of a mixed-ethnicity person brought-up exclusively within the dominant culture of the White parent. This reality is invariably a recipe for disaster defined through a varying scale of dysfunctionality (possessing poles of ‘socially acceptable’ eccentricity, to ‘socially destructive’ insanity). Elliot Rodger’s British father – Peter Rodger – is a successful and very wealthy film director who has worked on the Hunger Games, as well as other features. His mother is recorded as ‘Li-Chen’ – a woman of Chinese-Malaysian descent – who first came to the UK to work as a nurse in the movie industry. Before marrying Peter Rodger, Li-Chen had a relationship with George Lucas. Despite being looked after by his Chinese mother and grandmother as a young child, Elliot Rodger was nevertheless brought-up within the middle class world of White privilege. He had a stream of ‘nannies’, went on regular and expensive holidays around the world, lived in exclusive and large houses, and attended British public school before his family emigrated to live in the US when he was around 6 years old. Once settled in the US, his life of bourgeois privilege continued unabated – attending elitist educational establishments and having his every whim catered for. During that time he subconsciously ingested the implicit tenants of White racism which were to blight his life and contribute toward his mental illness. As a non-White person living in a White world, he experienced White bourgeois culture in a ruptured and contradictory manner. Whereas White people implicitly accept the myth of their own racial superiority without question – premised upon the pseudo-science that all other races are inferior – those of mixed-ethnicity live in the contradictory world of being ‘White’ on the one-hand (and ‘included’), and ‘non-White’ on the other-hand (and ‘excluded’).

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This is the exact opposite to the ‘internationalist’ or ‘multicultural’ principle which seeks an ‘equal interaction’ between different ethnicities in a neutral and mutually re-enforcing political, economic, social and cultural space. As a consequence of his monochrome upbringing (with only a nodding acquaintance with Chinese culture), Elliot Rodger experienced his White and bourgeois privileged existence as an eternally ‘rejected’ outsider. His Chinese ethnicity became not something to be proud of, but rather something immensely ‘negative’ in his mind, that constantly reminded him of the fact that he was not ‘fully’ White. This was his perceived and fundamental ‘first’ failure that he never possessed the insight to understand. As his father lived the life of a jet-setting film maker, Peter Rodger was never at home, meaning that son was continuously in the presence of women. Just as his father (who was absent) managed to successfully secure an ‘exotic’ bride, Elliot Rodger became obsessed with women to the point of delinquent narcissism and misogyny. As a Chinese outsider viewing his own White life, he was able to clearly ‘objectify’ his privileged upbringing, mistaking material possessions and wealth with biological and emotional ‘attractiveness’. His ‘self-hatred’ (for being ‘Chinese’) was palpable, and resulted in him giving vent to White (Eurocentric) racial prejudice – the very same prejudice that had made his life a misery through excluding him psychologically from full inclusion within his own privileged class. Having read his words and watched his videos, I am of the opinion that Elliot Rodger was a self-hating ‘gay’ within a community that followed a strict heterosexual narrative. Rather bizarrely, he hated women for not being amorously attracted to his ‘gayness’. Ironically, his gayness, which was designed to attract men, was clearly designed to repel all female interest. He also ‘hated’ being culturally ‘attracted’ to Chinese people, as it reminded him of his ‘Whiteness’, even though he thought that Whiteness was superior to Chineseness. Neither Elliot Rodger, his father or his mother possessed any obvious class consciousness or progressive political ideas. Elliot Rodger was brought-up in a Eurocentric and monochrome cultural environment that excluded the possibility of any other way of viewing the world. Where he should have been ordering his thoughts and distinguishing the correct path for himself, he decided to externalise his inner feelings of alienation and ‘kill’ people that he thought were responsible for the emotional turmoil he felt. Watching the videos, Elliot Rodger is obnoxious and self-absorbed – but so is the bourgeois class that spawned him. He did nothing positive with his privileged life other than moan and complain about every issue that contradicted how he felt the world should be. He is responsible for his murderous action, that is not in doubt, but he is also the product of a highly exploitative White culture of privilege premised upon wealth, which his Chinese mother accessed through marriage. Within this marriage there was no ‘equality’ of cultural worth, only institutional greed and self-indulgence. Elliot Rodger turned-out to be a mass murderer and a useless human being, but these facts should not distract us from an objective assessment of the socio-economic conditions that created him. On May 23rd, 2014, in Isla Vista, California, Elliot Rodger (22) killed six people (three stabbed and three shot) and injured fourteen others, near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara. Three of the murdered victims were of Chinese ethnicity, as were around four of the injured. When police officers approached his care, he shot himself in the head (taking his own life).

References:

My Twisted World Pt 1 – Elliot Rodger – BasedShaman

http://murderpedia.org/male.R/r/rodger-elliot.htm

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Elliot_Rodger

http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/breaking-news/elliot-rodger-day-retribution-shooter-santa-barbara/

http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/breaking-news/lichin-chin-rodger-santa-barbara-killer-elliot-rodgers-mother/

Chinese Shot At Dawn (British Army WWI)

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‘Also included in the pamphlet was the statement of a former private in the 1st Battalion, the Buffs, who formed part of the firing squad when one of his friends was shot in a double execution:

“We were told that the only humane thing to do was to shoot straight.  The two men were led out blindfolded, tied to the posts driven into the ground, and then we received our orders by sign from our officer, so that the condemned men should not hear us getting ready.  Our officer felt it very much, as he, like me, knew the fellow years before.  The other fellow I never knew but his case was every bit as sad as he was only a boy.”‘

(The Thin Yellow Line: By William Moore, Wordsworth, [1999] – Page 212)

Despite the British Army, comprising as it was of the British working class, was one of the best disciplined military forces in the world, whether territorial or professional, the British High Command under Kitchener, decided that those who dropped their guns (even by accident), who had shell-shock, or who could not run at German machine guns, must be tied to a post and shot at down by their friends.  The above photograph is of one of those brave working class British man, immediately following his ‘execution’.  When his wife went to the post office to pick up his pay – she was told that all pay was now forfeit as her husband had been shot for ‘cowardice’.  How disgusting it was to treat the British workers in this manner, who were dying in their tens of thousands every week in France and Belgium.  At home in the UK, their wives and children were plunged into a ‘disgraced’ poverty that expanded the punishment beyond the WWI battlefield.  Quite often the relatives of such executed men became targets of harassment and abuse as the news spread.  This ‘Death Penalty’ was also inflicted upon Chinese ‘Coolies’ who made-up the ‘Labour Battalion’.  These brave men worked up at the front-line but were not allowed a weapon to defend themselves.

Coolie F Y Wan, Chinese Labour Corps, executed 15/02/1919 for murder, plot S. 1. E. 2.

Coolie C M Hei, Chinese Labour Corps, executed for murder 21/02/1920, plot S. 1. F. 1.

Coolie C H K’hung, Chinese Labour Corps, executed 21/02/1920 for murder, plot S. 1. F. 6.

Coolie C. C. Wang, Chinese Labour Corps, executed for murder, 08/05/1919, Plot 2. O. 54.

These men were arbitrarily tried under British Martial Law with no access to any Chinese language translation, or legal representation.  The British High Command presumably thought it important that the condemned men be shot by their friends – but as the Chinese Labour Battalion was ‘unarmed’ – these men could not be executed straight away, but had to wait for ‘armed’ British soldiers to become available before they could be killed.  in the case of the four above named Chinese men, this took until after the war, in 1919!  This was the year of an immense racial backlash against Chinese people on the British Mainland that saw the government of the day round-up 20,000 Chinese people at bayonet-point (to general applause across the country) and deported on ships to China. I suspect the above named men were the victims of British racism – even at the time of their loyal service to the country.  Although in 2006 the New Labour government announced pardons for 306 British soldiers shot at dawn, this only applied to those killed for cowardice or desertion, but not those found guilty of murder. Research suggests that there were 3077 death sentences passed (3342 including civilians and others) and 343 executions (438 including civilians and others) between 1914-1924 (Gerard Oram). It seems that these Chinese men who bravely served the UK remained ‘tainted’ by what happened to them in another era.

Shot At Dawn: British Army Executions During WWI

WWI Execution Pardons

UPDATE: The political rightwing is comprised of ‘White’ middle class men sat in the leafy suburbs of Kent or Surrey, etc, who due to their privileged status, brain-wash predominantly ‘White’ (and poorly educated) young working class men into carrying-out various hate-crimes and crimes of a sexually perverse or violent nature.  These young men (and sometimes women) are exploited into believing that all the problems they encounter in life are the consequences of immigrants, gays, women  or even the Disabled, and are never taught to look at the middle class and its behaviour.  Part of this rightwing ‘false consciousness’ is the worshipping of war and the eulogising of death and destruction.  It is an eternal truth that the working class fights the wars, whilst the middle class sits-back and watches.  WWI (discussed above) was simply a clash of two European empires – nothing more.  It was a battle to establish which version of White privilege and White supremacy would rule in the world, and to establish this, the middle classes of Britain and Germany sent their respective working class populations to their doom.  This is nothing to be proud of and is a tragedy of epic proportions.  At the below link is an example of the contemporary far-right trying to influence my leftwing critique of bourgeois war – and failing miserably:

Rightwing Bothering – Chinese in WWI!

When Britain Ethnically Cleansed Its Chinese Populations

Racism from the Tory Party was an important ingredient for their political campaigns for London Mayor (Zach Goldsmith’s Islamophobia) and the recent EU Referendum for the UK (which saw Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage united through racial hysteria).  Indeed, the Tory Party is the natural party of choice for mainstream British racists, and when these ignorant individuals feel that the Tory Party is not doing enough to represent that racism, they migrate to the far-right off-shoots of the Tory Party – namely UKIP, BNP, NF and Britain First, etc.  So biased is the British political system at this present time, that an activist of the Christian-Nazi Britain First movement can murder a Labour MP – and the fascist organisation that spawned him (Britain First) continues to functions normally today (presumably creating more rightwing murderers).  The treatment of Britain First maybe compared to peaceful British Muslims groups that were ‘banned’ by David Cameron for stating that they thought the wars in the Middle East are wrong.  There is no doubt that British racism played its part in the recent Brexit ‘out’ vote, although I do not personally think it was a deciding factor.  Nevertheless, it would be wrong to all the victims of British racism – past and present – to deny that there is no racism in the UK.

I fully acknowledge that many ‘white’ British people are opposed to racism, and fight and resist it in their own ways (that are often unacknowledged).  This resistance to tyranny is the foundation of the true British people, and I believe, the essence of Brexit.  However, it is important to understand the past so that it is not repeated through ignorance.  According to police reports, racial hate crime was up by 57% following the Brexit vote – with apparently Polish people taking the brunt – although it is probably correct to state that ALL perceived foreigners in the UK (which includes British-born Black, Asian and Chinese people) have suffered increased racialised aggression.  A point missed by the UK media is that Polish people (who should be left in peace) are ‘white’, and that consequently, the hatred aimed at them by other white people is ‘prejudice’ and not ‘racism’.  True racism is aimed by white people (who possess all the power) at Black, Asian and Chinese people who do not.  Polish people may well be from another country, but their European ethnicity is the same as the ‘White’ ethnicity that culturally dominates the UK – albeit in its distinct British form.  I condemn any and all crimes against Polish people, but do not believe that they are the victims of post-Brexit  ‘racism’ in the manner that Black, Asian and Chinese people in the UK are (a subject the British media is quiet about).  To the British media it seems that hate-filled prejudice is only reportable if white people are suffering it.

After the British victories of WWI and WWII, the British government, aided and abetted by the rightwing press, encouraged a highly toxic racist and xenophobic attitude in the UK that called for the expulsion of all ‘foreigners’ from British soil.  This attitude of hate-filled ‘confidence’ was used to bind the country together and used non-white people as the scapegoat.  In 1919, the British government was concerned that the British working class would rise-up (like the Russians) and create a Socialist State in the UK (despite the fact that the UK invaded Russia n 1918 in an attempt to crush the successful Bolsheviks).  Thousands of Chinese people had fought alongside the British Army in France during WWI and many had settled in the UK.  However, n 1919, the British government sent the British Army into Liverpool and rounded-up 20,000 Chinese people at bayonet-point – to the general applause of the white British population.  These people were placed on boats and forcibly ‘returned’ to China.  This is why the population of Chinese people dropped to a few hundred.  Following the victory of WWI, the British government used the agency of ‘racism’ to divert the British working class from revolution.  Many people will be surprised to learn that the Labour Party of 1945 also rounded-up Chinese men from the streets of London in 1946 and forcibly returned them to China – breaking-up families, with those who remained never knowing what happened to their relatives.  English women who had married Chinese men were warned by the police and social services that they were sexually deviant, and that their ‘mixed’ children should be taken into care (as many were).  The descendants of those who suffered this ethnic cleansing in 1946 still live in the UK today, with their story being revealed by the BBC journalist George Alagiah in his documentary entitled ‘Mixed Britannia’.

 

 

 

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The Exclusion of Chinese People From Anti-Racist Narratives in the UK

This programme is indicative of two distinct problems in the UK. The first is widespread racist viewpoints (against Jewish, Black and Asian people) throughout the white population (that are ‘denied’ as being ‘racist’ by those who hold them), and the second is the exclusion of Chinese people from the narrative of those who suffer racial discrimination in Britain.  The above documentary includes Black and Asian people, and even a ‘white’ Jewish man – but at no time recognises, engages or includes members of the British Chinese community (or any other similar ethnic minority).  This is despite the fact that in 2006, the Office for National Statistic put the UK Chinese population at around 400,000 – a figure that does not include people of mixed Chinese-other relationships.  Around one-third live in London, with the other two-thirds spread throughout all parts of the UK.  Chinese families have traditionally spread around the country so that they can open Chinese Take Aways and Restaurants in areas were none previously existed.  Although this has made very good business sense, it has also meant that small populations (even single families) have moved into areas of the UK that are not multicultural, the white population of which contains a number of people who give voice to anti-Chinese racism.  Many Take Away workers have explained to me how they have been subject to more or less racial abuse from their ‘white’customers who seem to think that they are purchasing the right to racially abuse the Chinese workers when they buy Chinese food.  I know of a case in Sutton where a young Chinese woman (in her late teens) had to be escorted to work (by a white person) at a local Chinese owned Chip Shop through a rabid gang of predominantly white teenagers that shouted racial abuse and threatened violence.  Members of this gang would buy food in the same shop, and then throw it at the owners behind the counter.  Another time, members of this gang brought a German Shepherd Dog into the shop and told it to attack the owners.  The boss threw the dog a sausage and locked it in the – by then – empty shop, before ringing the police.  However, in the meantime, the owners of the dog had already rung the police stating that the Chinese people had stolen the dog to be ‘eaten’.  The point is that anti-Chinese racist stories are plentiful in the UK.  In Torquay, in Devon (a well known bastion of the far-right), Chinese members of my family are racially abused more or less routinely on the streets in broad daylight.  Most of the time, passers-by laugh in agreement with the racists!  This has included a Chinese woman breast-feeding a child being physically intimidated by white males.  Another time, after Chinese people participated in an Anti-Austerity March in Torbay, members of the Local Green Party started a race-hate campaign on Facebook against these Chinese people – a matter I have wrote about elsewhere on this blog.  All this scratches the surface of the racism aimed at Chinese people in the UK, and throughout the world.  It is indicative of this problem that on occasion, some Black and Asian people unite with racist white people to persecute and attack Chinese people (a fact that has even ended in murder, as in the case of Gao Huang Chen).  The lack of inclusion of the ‘Chinese’ experience of racism in the UK is disturbing in programmes whose entire premise is alleged to be the exposure of British white racism aimed at non-white people in the UK.

Qingming (清明) Festival – Sutton – (2016)

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