A project celebrating the heritage, identity and aspirations of the British Born Chinese. Here we present their stories – each their own personal legacy – that will form a record of this community's values and culture as part of modern Britain’s multicultural society. Read More...
Between East and West is a project documenting the British Born Chinese, a group of diverse individuals originating from Chinese diasporas before making their home in Britain. Some of them have families that journeyed to the UK directly from China and Hong Kong during waves of immigration from the 1950's onwards. Others have families who settled in other sizeable populations of overseas Chinese such as Malaysia, Singapore
and beyond before eventually emigrating to the UK. But these individuals of the Second Generation have at times been uncertain of their identity as they straddle the values and cultures of East and West, half set in each yet not fully grounded in either. Here we present their stories of growing up in the UK with lives intertwined with Chinese heritage, a record of this community that will serve to document a vital part of Britain’s modern society.
Between East and West features photographic portraits accompanied by oral history interviews by photographer Mike Tsang. The exhibition premiere was held in November 2012 at SW1 Gallery in Victoria, London, where we celebrated this groundbreaking exploration into the fascinating stories of the British Born Chinese and their families’ journeys to Britain.
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Mike Tsang is an oral historian based in London who satisfies his curiosity by taking part in cultural anthropology projects.
Mike is himself British Born Chinese, and this project is the culmination of many conversations with other 'BBC's' that made him realise how fascinating and varied the stories of their parents' settlement in the UK were. The British Born Chinese as they are now are mostly first-generation, the children of these immigrants from the vast Chinese diaspora. These interviews form an important record of the British Born Chinese community, of how each of them identifies with both China and Britain, and of their hopes for the future.
For more Mike's past projects, see www.miketsangphotography.com. All images copyright © Mike Tsang.