This is an article dated July 2011 on the blog by Gordon Lyew:
According to his blog, Mr. Lyew describes himself as the following:
I am a avid member of the Labour Party, and Cooperative party member, Anti Racist Campaigner and a Former Trade Unionist my name has been linked with the fight for civil rights, justice from racism, oppression, and to combat hate crimes. I have made remarkable contributions using my trade union status to ensure and promote free speech with effective strategies to instigate positive change within a number of fundamental institutions. Due to my involvement within the Black and Ethnic Minority communities, I gained first hand knowledge of the needs and shortcomings of many current fundamental infrastructures. I am committed to the regeneration of all communities. I will be offering a consultancy to a number of organisations locally, nationally, regionally, in due course. I have in the past been requested to attend various events like The TUC, Trade Unions Conferences to do workshops on Campaign Against Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and other related intolerances i.e. hate crimes.
If Mr. Lyew was ever presented with a serious role in representing Chinese in Britain/ British Chinese/ Chinese Britons/ British Born Chinese, and his principles reflect any of the points that this article talks about, it would be a consideration to support him, as he actually seems to know what he is talking about.
Unfortunately his email contact was not found on a google search, but if anyone cares to research,it may be worth contacting him via email to see what imminent plans he has on implementing change in the British Chinese Community.
' One of the greatest flaws of research into the UK Chinese community was its failure to recognise it as a heterogeneous group. In 1996, the official census reported that of the 156,938 Chinese residing inBritain, 34% born in Hong Kong, 28% were born in theUKand 13% were fromSingaporeorMalaysia(Cheng, 1996: pp.170). In fact, a significant problem in the issue of unity within the British Chinese was its differences, whether of language, ethnicity or class. Historically, instead of forming groups with Chinese already residing inBritain, the evidence suggests that rarely would those of different origins gather together. Indeed, this segregation was made clear when the Hong Kong immigrants first began to arrive in the 50s, and very little contact was made between them and the Mainland Chinese already resident, “Intra-ethnic divisions were everywhere rife because of the diversity of the Chinese population in Britain” (Benton and Gomez, 2008: pp.18). More recently, thousands of mainland Chinese entered the UK and discovered that they could not communicate verbally with the Cantonese Hong Kong immigrants. There were parents arriving with their children only to discover that in all the Chinese schools available pupils were only taught in Cantonese (Chan et al., 2007a: pp.521).'
'The Chinese community is still not as unified as it could be, and although some interviewees rejected the desire for unity, it has meant that the Chinese are easily ignored by the Government and political parties. However, there is evidence amongst the politicians I have spoken to that they are trying to change these circumstances. Dr Kegang Wu recently set up the Liverpool Chinese Association which encouraged all Chinese of any language, any ethnicity and any political affiliation to enter and discuss matters and issues which affect them. Interviewing the Chairs of Chinese for Labour, Chinese Conservatives and Chinese Liberal Democrats, it was clear that they were determined to open politics up to the Chinese community and would often work together to organise forums to discuss British politics. These forms of venture will help assemble groups that the Government are forced to listen to. It will help turn the Chinese from a voiceless community as it has so often been described, into a powerful group. Many emphasised the need for the Government to provide information and services that will elicit interest from the Chinese. The Government’s “lack of trying to engage the community” as one interviewee described it, is extremely detrimental to the concept of a multi-cultural democratic Britain. There is a necessity for strong links between the Government and the Chinese community which will assist communication and overall integration. As part of this cooperation, the racism which even today is prevalent must be more thoroughly investigated and Chinese victims encouraged to report the crimes. It is unacceptable that such a high level of racial abuse is still present in today’s society and the Chinese will only become voting British citizens if they feel they are part of mainstream society.'
Full article here: http://gordonlyew.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/the-future-of-british-politics-and-chinese-community/