‘British Born Chinese’ was launched with a premier screening in Manchester in April 2015 to enthusiastic reception from the audience captured in this audio-video collage. Since then, the film has been shown in China and Europe. In September 2015 the 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations hosted an evening screening of the ‘BBC’. In November 2015, the film was screened at the Minzu University of China in Beijing (the main national university for ethnic minorities in China), featured in the ‘Happenings’ programme of the Bookworm Bookshop in Beijing and Suzhou, and included in the programme of the 6th Athens Ethnographic Film Festival.
Following the screenings in UK and China, the film received favourable reviews in national and international media.
Film review: British Born Chinese – a marriage of cultures in Manchester | Mancunian Matters
In February 2016 ‘British Born Chinese’ was screened as part of the LSE ‘Food for Thought’ Literary festival.
The podcast with post-screening discussion (with Veronique Pin-Fat, Anna Chen, and Elena Barabantseva) is available for downloading.
On March 28 2016 the film was screened as part of the special programme at the 19th World Film Festival in Tartu (Estonia).
The June 2015 special issue of online journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review on ‘Governing Marriage Migrations: Perspectives from Mainland China and Taiwan’ is published featuring an introduction by co-editors Elena Barbanatseva (University of Manchester) , Biao Xiang (University of Oxford), and Antonia Chao (Tunghai University) and five original articles by Hongfang Hao (Kyoto University), Caroline Grillot (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology), Elena Barabantseva Manchester), Mei-Hua Chen (National Sun Yat-sen University), and Hsun-Hui Tseng (Chinese University of Hong Kong).
This special issue results from the workshop which took place as part of BICC Phase II research network ‘Borders of Migration’ at Tunghai University in January 2014. More information about the workshop is available from the workshop’s website.
A documentary film about the experiences of Daniel and Kevin, boys born to Chinese migrants and living in Manchester (UK). Made over the course of two years in experimental reflexive and participatory style, the film explores the challenges faced by the two boys seeking to reconcile their Britishness with Chineseness.
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There will be a discussion following the film led by Dr. Elena Barabantseva (Project lead researcher and film co-producer) with the first published British born Chinese novelist, PP Wong, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Dr. Véronique Pin-Fat and the director of the film, Andy Lawrence.
PP Wong is the first British born Chinese novelist to secure a publishing deal in the UK. Her novel The Life of a Banana covers the topic of racial bullying in London. It has been longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015. She was born in Paddington, London and she spent her childhood moving between London and Singapore. She is a freelance writer and also the Editor-in-Chief of www.bananawriters.com The website is a voice for East Asian and South East Asian writers.
Véronique Pin-Fat is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester and is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Social Sciences. She researches ethics and in particular, focuses on questions about humanity and the self. She is an advocate of cosmopolitanism having been born to a Chinese father and French mother. Her book explores the reasons why grappling with universality and ethics seems to be a profound endeavour and where we end up when we do.
Andy Lawrence is filmmaker in residence and lecturer in Visual Anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester. He is the founder of AllRitesReversed, a documentary film production company.
For more details on the film project see ‘British Born Chinese‘
As part of ‘Borders of Migration’ collaborative research network, Dr Wu Guofu (Guangxi University for Nationalities), Dr. Elena Barabantseva (Manchester University), and Yang Jinghua (Guangxi University for Nationalities) took part in the Eighth International Congress of Asia Scholars
held in Macau on 24-27 June 2013.
We are happy to announce the launch of the website for ‘British Born Chinese’, an audio-visual collaborative project between BICC’s Elena Barabantseva and Andy Lawrence (Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester, and All Rites Reversed). This research documentary project explores what it means to be a British born Chinese person in the twenty-first century. The website and the trailer can be viewed here
As part of the AHRC-funded research network `Borders of migration’, Elena Barabantseva spent ten days (16-27 June 2012) in Nanning, Guangxi. During this period she established contacts with the external partners, conducted preliminary research, discussed and made arrangements for future fieldwork and research workshop. In particular, Elena met with the colleagues at the Guangxi University for Nationalities and at the Guangxi Academy of Social Sciences. The meetings were dedicated to the discussion of anticipated fieldwork, as well as to the planning of the research workshop. In addition to the meetings with the researchers, Elena met with the representatives of the following non-governmental organisations working in the border area of Guangxi: All-China Women’s Federation, World Vision, and Action Aid. During this visit Elena conducted library-based research, and collected Chinese academic materials on the relevant research issues.
On 22 April 2013 Antonia Chao gave a research seminar at Manchester (co-hosted by the Centre for Chinese Studies and Anthropology Department) entitled ‘Encountering Sexual Aliens: State Sovereignty and the Heteronormative Mechanism at Work on the Margins of Taiwan’. Elena and Antonia also met for a research network’s workshop planning meeting. The research network’s bi-lingual workshop entitled ‘Marriage Migration and Citizenship Issues: Perspectives from Mainland China and Taiwan’ will take place at Tunghai University (Taiwan) on 2-4 January 2014.
In March-April 2013 Wu Guofu and Yang Jinghua (Guangxi University for Nationalities) conducted a fieldwork study into cross-border migration issues between China and Vietnam in two Yao villages in Ningming county on Sino-Vietnamese border, and the first findings of this research will be presented by Wu Guofu and Elena Barabanseva at the ICAS 8 conference in Macao in June 2013. Elena will also talk about this research at the workshop on ‘Southeast Asia and Regional Security: New Forms of Chinese Geopolitics and the US Asian Pivot’ at SOAS on 7 June 2013.