Chinese Parents Attitudes Towards Art
Full Article: Sheffield Telegraph
WHEN Sheffield design agency The Cafeteria were commissioned by Museums Sheffield to find someone to create artwork for their China: Journey to the East at Weston Park Museum they knew just the chap to call - a designer in Manchester called Jonny Wan. What they hadn’t guessed was that in addition to having Chinese heritage he fitted the bill in another respect - he was born in Sheffield and knew the museum well.
Wan grew up in the Sharrow area and his Hong Kong-born parents were in the fast food business, latterly running a takeaway in Fulwood.
One reason that Wan welcomed the commission was that he would be able to impress his parents “As the child of an Asian family there is the perception you have never quite got a job and it’s great I have got to do things like this.”
For him personally, it is something which represents both sides of his heritage. “It was weird growing up because outside the house my culture was English and inside it was Chinese and I guess I was straddling the line in between,” he says. China: Journey to the East continues at Weston Park until April 9.
BBC Commentary: Traditional avaricious FOB parents have discouraged their children from studying artistic subjects or entering artistic professions (with the exception of architecture perhaps), they want their children to have a 'real' job (i.e doctor, lawyer, dentist, accountant, engineer etc). In view of FOB parents holding negative attitudes towards art and culture, are our FOB parents responsible for stifling BBC cultural development? Or are they right? Do FOB parents help or hinder BBC culture?