British Chinese Project seeks to cultivate mutual understanding and cooperation between the Chinese community and wider UK society.
The British Chinese Project is a not-for-profit organisation devoted to promote the engagement, understanding and cooperation between the Chinese community and wider UK society.
We conduct original community-based research and provide an innovative media platform for the expression of British-Chinese aspirations. We work with partner organisations, individuals and volunteers on community outreach events and projects to strengthen the social and political presence of British-Chinese community.
We believe in inclusion, participation, diversity and creativity.
By the next UK general election in 2020, the British Chinese Project aspires to
- Set up the Chinese Council of Britain with the British Chinese Project as its secretary
- Establish formal channels for the British Chinese community to communicate their concerns with UK institutions
- Support next-generation ethnic Chinese political leaders
- Increase registration rate of British-Chinese voters from 70% to 85%
- Raise voter turnout rate among British-Chinese voters from 30% to 40%.
The British-Chinese community is the third largest ethnic minority in the UK. One of major challenges the British-Chinese community faces is the lack of political and social influence. This is partially due to the community’s inactivity in the political arena. Since 2006 the BC Project and its partner organisations have worked to demonstrate the potential and necessity of using politics to solve everyday struggles. We did so through educational community events and voter registration assistance programmes. Within less than a decade, political participation and representation became a commonplace and unifying force within the British-Chinese community.
The 2015 general election saw a record-breaking level of political participation from the British-Chinese community. Eleven British-Chinese candidates vied for seats in parliament and the first ethnic Chinese Member of Parliament in the UK was elected. We, the BC Project, wish to continue support such action-oriented participatory spirit within the British-Chinese community. We believe that an immanent drive for political participation is essential to the well-being of the Chinese community in Britain. A stronger political representation of British Chinese enables the British democracy to address the Chinese community’s concerns more promptly and encourages British Chinese to be proud of their heritage and take a more active role in other areas of public life.
The British Chinese Project was founded by Solicitor Christine Lee in 2006. The Project was officially launched at the House of Lords on 31 October, 2006 under the sponsorship of Lady Anelay and at the House of Commons on 25 January 2007 under the guidance of Andrew Dismore (Labour & Co-operative MP 1997-2010).
The BC Project has its roots in the British-Chinese community’s efforts to influence the legislation process of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.