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Monday, 29 October, 2012

Content It's with a belated sigh and an inbox zero behind me that I can finally post up an entry about an article in the China Daily (a European Weekly - Winner of the 2011 UK Launch Paper of the Year), published back in February. The article, called "Finding Their Political Voice" by David Bartram, is also the cover story for the issue and discusses the development of the British Chinese role in UK politics.



David spoke to a number of representatives of the community including Joseph Wu via The BC Project and Merlene Emerson, co-founder of the Chinese Liberal Democrats, as well as myself and the role that my website Visible Chinese has to play.

Apparently, the story was well received in Beijing with the potential for a profile story in a future issue being discussed with the editor.

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East Asian Culture. Press.

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Sunday, 30 January, 2011

Content I recently met with a budding, young journalist - Carmen Kong - who was interested in talking to me about Visible Chinese and about British Chinese identity in general. She also hails from my ancestral home town of Tai Po in Hong Kong, so she had me at hello. The result is the following article for Euromight (a website that focuses on ethnic minority), reproduced here with kind permission from Carmen. Update: Carmen also posted the article on her own website here.

Euromight

MARK WU: MAKING BRITISH CHINESE VISIBLE

By Carmen Kong

Meeting Mark Wu for the first time in central London inexplicably brings a sense of familiarity - busy traffic, chained-coffee shop and a very Chinese face screams "Hong Kong!" to me. We spend quite a long time reminiscing about the places and food, and chatting in a mixture of Cantonese and English.

Like me, the 34-year-old graphic and web designer has a vivid memory of Tai Po district, the suburban area in Hong Kong where I spent the first 17 years of my life. But Wu grew up in a completely different environment, as a son of British immigrants from Hong Kong. Wu's parents moved to the UK before he was born and opened their own takeaway food shop in North London. Like many Chinese immigrants, they worked countless hours every day, seven days a week, to provide a good education and decent living for their three children. Wu, who runs his own interactive design and consulting company, still recalls the days (and weekends) working behind the counter taking orders. And like many Chinese immigrants, they were silent. They caused no trouble and made no comments on society or politics. It was as if they were invisible.

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East Asian Culture. Press.

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Sunday, 31 May, 2009

Content It's by coincidence that I'm in Hong Kong when its leading English language newspaper, the South China Morning Post, heard about the website I founded, Visible Chinese and contacted me for a short article about it!

Long Distance Call

The article just came out today and is actually in their Sunday Morning Post edition, within the accompanying (Post) magazine. I was interviewed for a regular column called "Long-distance call" which features a Chinese expatriate every week, who explains their work and a little of their life story.

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Sunday, 01 February, 2009

Content I was privileged enough to be interviewed recently by journalist and writer Hsiao-Hung Pai, author of the excellent book Chinese Whispers. The interview was for a short article about the site I created called Visible Chinese (Hsiao-Hung is also profiled on there), and also includes a little about the experience of living in the UK as a British Chinese person.

Since the UK Chinese Times is a Chinese language newspaper, the final article is in Chinese and you can read it as a pdf by clicking on this link:

Article with Mark Wu, in the UK Chinese Times
Update : UK Chinese Times article scan with Mark Wu

The piece itself is aimed at Mainland Chinese, who may be interested in hearing about the site and finding out more about Chinese people in the UK, including what it means to be British Chinese.

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East Asian Culture. Press.

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Sunday, 14 December, 2008

Content DimSum.co.uk recently posted an interview I carried out with them about my website Visible Chinese. Visible Chinese is a listing of profiles of people who have contributed to the UK's Chinese culture and the interview goes into some depth into explaining the background behind the idea. I've posted the interview below but it can also be seen on dimsum.co.uk, where there are also a few comments.

Andrew Mellor interviews the founder of Visible Chinese, Mark Wu.

DS: What are the aims of Visible Chinese?

MW: Visible Chinese aims to become an authoritative independent listing of achievers within the UK's Chinese Culture. Pretty much like a 'Who's Who' guide. It attempts to highlight individuals and represent the UK Chinese Culture's past and present.

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East Asian Culture. Press.

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