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Covid19 and Racism Webinar in association with Paddy Ashdown Forum

May 19, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Paddy Ashdown Forum logoThe alarming rise in hate crime towards British Chinese and other East Asian communities due to the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed deep seated racism in our society. Misinformation in the media and by public figures, whether deliberate or unintentional, has heightened fears and bigotry, leading to harassment, abuse and even physical attacks.

To better understand the history of the Chinese community in the UK and the root causes of Sinophobia, the Paddy Ashdown Forum and Chinese Lib Dem have invited 2 prominent speakers to share their experience and insights.

Dr George Lee, an independent consultant and former Chief Inspector in the London Metropolitan Police, will present on how Chinese people have been perceived in popular media and treated over the centuries, as well as his observation of the rise in hate crime in the UK and globally due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He will also talk about the importance of collaboration, in civil society and between governments, in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms Linda Chung, Chair of Camden Chinese Community Centre has considerable experience of empowering Chinese people in politics and civil society, in educating victims of crime and proposing changes in school curriculum to cover the Opium Wars and colonial history. She will comment on the roles the media, public figures and government should play in denouncing racism and the recent formation of the Covid-19 Anti-Racism Group.

We look forward to a stimulating discussion that will enable us to better challenge racism and overcome xenophobia.

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