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May 2015

British Born Chinese documentary

(27 April 2015)

Staff from across the School of Social Sciences have worked together to produce a new documentary, British Born Chinese. Andy Lawrence, Filmmaker in Residence and Lecturer in Visual Anthropology, at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, directed the film with Dr Elena Barabantseva, Lecturer in Politics, acting as the project’s lead researcher and film co-producer.

The film documents the everyday experiences of two boys, Daniel and Kevin, at their Manchester school, at the community centre where they volunteer and learn Chinese, and at home. The film was made over the course of two years in experimental reflexive and participatory style; it explores the challenges faced by the two boys seeking to reconcile their Britishness with Chineseness.

The film was screened on 30 April at the University, with a discussion involving Dr Barabantseva, Andy, novelist PP Wong and Dr Véronique Pin-Fat, Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University.

PP Wong, the author of The Life of a Banana said of the film: “It is great that such a project exists and I hope it will bring light to the challenges that many British Born Chinese people face in silence every day”.