I continue to be miffed and that’s putting it politely, I’m being ever so British about it. Which is what I am, British East Asian.
On the 29th August, 1842, the British representative Sir Henry Pottinger and Qing representatives, Qiying, Yilibu, and Niujian, signed a treaty, on board the HMS Cornwallis which at the time was anchored at Nanjing.
This treaty comprised of thirteen articles. Ratification of this Treaty, more commonly known as The Treaty of Nanjing, was completed nine months later via an exchange between Queen Victoria and the Daoguang Emperor. From 1842 until 1st of July 1997, the British ruled “owned” Hong Kong.
I can therefore call myself, quite rightly, British. I was born on the Crown Colony of Hong Kong pre 1963 before the laws regarding right to full British Citizenship were amended. Whether people like this fact or not, it make me British. British by way of Britain’s Empirical past. So why is there still such resistance to accepting British East Asians in the UK? When other British Ethnic Minorities such as Black, African, Caribbean and South Asians have been “accepted.” By this I mean to publicly insult, ridicule or other wise express prejudice, racist, biased or discriminatory remarks about a Black, African, Caribbean or South Asian is now not socially acceptable. But you put an East Asian as the butt of a “poor taste” joke, or call them a Chink, or a Slope on prime time telly, not a lot is going to happen. As is clearly evident by the BBC’s latest response, post the Ofcom ruling:
Media regulator Ofcom ruled on Monday that Clarkson’s comment, during a Top Gear Burma special aired in March, was offensive and in breach of generally accepted standards required of broadcasters.
However, the BBC indicated that it planned to take no further action over the Ofcom ruling on the Burma special, saying it had dealt with the matter and apologised at the time.
In fact if you complain as a British East Asian, more often than not, you’ll be told to go away and that’s putting it politely. As for entering into any meaningful debate on-line (which in itself is debatable whether that can ever happen on-line) you open yourself up to a tirade of racist and prejudice potty-mouthed commentors of all colours and ethnic backgrounds, I hasten to add.
With regard to the Clarkson-Top Gear-BBC Ofcom ruling, not wanting to spend any more air time than is absolutely necessary; it just high lights an attitude in the UK towards British East Asians.
Clarkson was exposed, yet again this year for his ‘penchant’ for racist comments. On that occasion it was use of the N-word and was, quite rightly so, pounced on and he was forced to apologies.
With the racism expressed towards East Asians, the BBC claimed that they were:
The Daily Mirror July 29th 2014 Rob Leigh
We East Asians have to make do with excuses which frankly are tantamount to sticking two fingers up and walking away. The BBC supported Clarkson, it was all done in the spirit of public school-boy bonne amie and wit. So what is good for the Goose in this case is not good for the Gander. Some British Minority Ethnics in the eyes of the BBC are obviously not worth offending whereas with the British East Asians, who gives a s**t?
I am tired and sick of having to read, defend, argue and write about this. I shouldn’t have to be arguing the case, as to why society should be treating ALL its citizen with equality and respect in 2014, should I?
The BBC is supposed to represent this country. It is supposed to broadcast responsibly. It is supposed to produce content that we can ALL be proud of. Content that shows off Britain PLC in the best possible light. Does the BBC really think that allowing the likes of Clarkson, who is frankly in my opinion an oxymoron, with emphasis on the latter portion of the word, to continue, really the message and the image that the BBC wants to be promoting? Does the BBC value only their bank balance and a dubious set of Victorian values towards those who are non-white?
Or are they prepared to drag themselves into the light of 21st century and the multicultural, poly ethnic reality that is modern-day Britain?
Time and they say will tell.