CARG Annual Conference 2022
To what extent does the UK believe it enables its minorities to express their identities and value their diversity? Is this reflected in UK public institutions, civic organisations and private corporations? The Conference will explore where we are in the UK regarding minority rights, protection and participation.
The Conference will be opened by Ching-He Huang MBE, a celebrity food writer and TV chef. She has appeared in a variety of television cooking programmes and is the author of nine best-selling cookbooks.
The Conference will be chaired by Dr Yeow Poon, a co-founder of CARG. He is also the Chair of the Chinese Community Centre - Birmingham, President of England China Business Forum, Chair of Arts in the Yard, a Trustee of Chinese Welfare Trust and Honorary President of Chinese Liberal Democrats. He is a semi-retired management consultant with personal interests in cross-culture mutuality and the development of a sustainable, collaborative and peaceful multi-polar world.
The 4 Sessions
For individuals and communities to contribute successfully to the state, they and their families need to feel valued and secure. Racism and hate crime has no place in society.
Professor Binna Kandola, OBE, is a visiting Professor at Leeds University and Aston University and a consulting editor for the Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology. A diversity, assessment and development specialist, he has a particular interest in the study of unconscious bias. He is the author of ‘Racism at Work: The Danger of Indifference’ and 'The Invention of Difference: The story of gender bias at work'. Professor Binna will share his insights from 35 years of experience into racism and discrimination in the workplace.
Sergeant Chris Excell, a Metropolitan Police officer for 15 years, has worked in different units, including Emergency Response, Neighbourhoods and Territorial Support Group. He is currently Chair of the Black Police Association, dedicated to improving the working environment of officers and staff from ethnic minority backgrounds. He will share practical experience of dealing with discrimination and racism.
What is ESEA identity? How important is ESEA identity? Should we blend in or should we exert our identity?
Damanjit, a member of staff from Utilita, will talk about Utilita's diversity and inclusivity policies, especially the 'Proud of Me' initiative.
Oi Mei (they/them) is a mixed British/Chinese creative from the North East. In their spare time, you can find them gaming, listening to audiobooks, experimenting with art, or playing outside with their dogs.
Adie (she/they) is a freelance copywriter and science communicator based in London. In her spare time, they foster anxious cats and educate people on texturism, appropriation and microaggressions surrounding the natural hair movement.
Oi Mei and Adie are from Stop Asian Hate UK (SAHUK) and will explore whether we should blend in or exert our ESEA identity.
Learning from others the experience of educating the public on racism and hate crime, drawing lessons from the efforts by the Black community to reform the school curriculum and looking towards a future of inclusivity of the ESEA heritage in the UK curriculum.
Julliet Makhapila is a community transformer, educator, political activist and founder of the UK Africa Diaspora Forum. She will share lessons from the Black community efforts to reform the UK school curriculum.
Dr Renie Chow Choy is Lecturer in Church History at St Mellitus College and a historian of early medieval Christianity. She will be speaking on her personal response to the monument to Sir Harry Smith Parkes, who was instrumental in instigating the Second Opium War.
Mark Healey is an independent Hate Crime Specialist, CEO of the National Hate Crime Awareness Week (NHCAW) and Croydon Hate Crime Officer at METRO Charity. He will share his experience of educating the wider community on racism and hate crime.
An analysis of the changing relationship between China and the West, the potential effects of the proposed Counter States Threats Bill and creation of a foreign agent registration scheme, and sensational media reporting on Sinophobia.
Professor Astrid Nordin, is the Lau Chair of Chinese International Relations in the Lau China Institute, Kings College London. Her research develops critical conceptual tools that draw on Chinese and other global traditions of thought, and uses these to understand global challenges as they relate to China’s growing global role. She will consider the impact of geo-politics on Sinophobia and how the UK Chinese community may respond.
Richard Spence is a freelance investigative journalist examining new legislation that the UK government plans to implement to curtail foreign interference. He will share his research and draw lessons from Australia and the United States on the potential impact on the Chinese community in Britain.