An artistic investigation by Mike Tsang into what it means to be a British Born Chinese – featuring 15 photographic portraits, archival imagery & written interviews. Award-winning photographer Mike Tsang opens a groundbreaking photographic exhibition showcasing the fascinating stories of the British Born Chinese and their families’ journeys to Britain.
Tsang presents Between East and West as an exhibition premiere exploring the heritage of this new community in the UK. Through the combination of Eastern and Western values, the participants form part of this unique third culture that will shape Chinese influence in 21st century Britain.
Most British people’s exposure to Chinese culture is through the Chinatowns or the ubiquitous takeaways of UK cities. But where are the Chinese in culture, sport or politics? Between East & West celebrates the role of British Born Chinese in modern society and challenges the distorted view of Chinese culture as the mystical Orient.
Tsang’s family migrated from China to Mauritius to the UK, provoking him to ask which parts of him are Chinese and which parts British. His background allows him to connect with others facing a similar dilemma and to understand the tensions of embracing different cultures.
November 6th-16th 2012
12 Cardinal Walk
Roof Garden Level
(Off Victoria Street)
London SW1E 5JE