‘You don’t see many of them round here’: being black in the white, rural West Country

Posted in Articles, Autobiography, Media Archive, United Kingdom on 2016-11-06 22:14Z by Steven

‘You don’t see many of them round here’: being black in the white, rural West Country

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2016-09-05

Louisa Adjoa Parker

My parents met when my dad came to the UK from Ghana in the 1960s to train as a nurse. He married my mum, and I was born in Doncaster in 1972. I don’t think he had a clue before he came how racist Britain was then, and both my parents were naïve in their own ways. Their turbulent marriage was unsuccessful, not, as my grandparents had feared, as a result of two different cultures colliding, but because of two very different personalities colliding (and my dad’s fists colliding with parts of my mum’s body).

Many people of mixed heritage talk of the difficulties of belonging to two cultures. I didn’t have that problem – my dad rarely offered anything in the way of Ghanaian culture. We didn’t eat Ghanaian food, listen to Ghanaian music, or have contact with any of our Ghanaian relatives. In fact, Ghana has always seemed to me, a far-off, mystical, hot and dusty land, peopled by unknown relatives. My dad wanted to become English; he looked up to them, liked their ways. I’ve not yet visited, although I hope to soon, and am grateful to my brother for flying out there and finding our long-lost family…

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I’m Filipino too: Filipino-ness and Multiraciality

Posted in Articles, Asian Diaspora, Autobiography, Media Archive on 2016-06-10 20:29Z by Steven

I’m Filipino too: Filipino-ness and Multiraciality

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2016-06-01

Amena Conopio-Ziard

When I first participated in an online Austronesian community group, a member questioned me, in Tagalog, if I was Filipino. He thought by messaging me in Tagalog he could cleverly catch me out in an autonomous space he believed I shouldn’t be in…

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