22 February 2021

Lunar New Year: Through Our Eyes – panel discussion on identity

This free online panel discussion will look at east and south-east Asian identity in the UK through a range of themes and questions.

What is the definition of east Asian and south-east Asian and why are broad terms like ‘Asian’ problematic? Does the west generalize, and in particular ignore east Asian and south-east Asian communities and their culture and why? What are the stereotypes? 

They will also look at whether ‘migrant’ households in the UK keep up old cultural traditions? Do young people rebel against those and is there any tension between generations? Is there a resurgence in celebrating the culture, and if so why?

Do people who are east Asian and south-east Asian have a strong sense of community as other cultures in the UK, or is it more dispersed? Do those people with mixed identity experience more acceptance? How is mixed identity accepted within the cultures of east and south-east Asian communities?

What are the key things to celebrate about east Asian and south-east Asian cultures? Why is it important to maintain this?

It promises to be a lively discussion!

This event is part of our Lunar New Year celebrations and brought to you by BESEA TV in association with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Hosted by Neil Maggs at Bristol Unpacked, journalist and broadcaster.

Panel members:

  • Makala Cheung  – music artist Kala Chng and co-founder of BESEA TV
  • Daisy Fong – retired food manager
  • Lizzy Yee Ling – musician and teacher
  • Angelo Paragoso, actor and co-founder of BESEA TV
  • Xuegiong (Sidney) Wu – language teacher and marketing specialist

How to take part

This free, online discussion will be held over Zoom webinar. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 2pm on Monday 22 February.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. You are welcome to ask questions in the Q & A box throughout the talk.

With thanks to our Lunar New Year festival sponsors: University of Bristol and UWE Bristol.