On February 9th, Nee Hao Magazine held its Flagship London Chinese New Year Event at ICON Terrace and SHADOW BAR at Empire Casino located in Leicester Square. Attendees included representatives from Burberry, Next Models and Saatchi and Saatchi; musical appearances included those by the UK’s first British-Chinese DJ, Tita Lau, DJ DSD, rapper Yin and DJ/singer Kevin Quan (or DJ Phat).
Up and coming fashion brands Clea Broad, V V Design, Glamorous, COCHI, Pa Ya Hui, Joanne Tse, KORLEKIE (designs shown in above image) and Yui Tai showcased clothing at Nee Hao’s first fashion show.
The COCHI Revolution: Models supporting the brand included international model Charlene Dang (third from the right) and well-known personality Hannah Le (centre).
The collections were styled by Christianne Lucianne with makeup/hair provided by Naomi Benjamin and Angel Face Cosmetics team Julie Wieczorek and Jodie Hanson. Read more about these sponsors by clicking here.
The event also raised money for COCOA, in support of Chinese orphans. The raffle was sponsored by COCHI, Herbal Inn, IWantCute, Angel Face Cosmetics, Joanna Briggs Photography. Find out more about these kind and generous sponsors by clicking here.
British East Asian society had cause to celebrate given the accomplishments and recognition of the British East Asian Artists (BEAA) organisation as 2012’s Man and Woman of the Year Award winner.
Receiving multiple nominations from prominent individuals including Sonny Leong, the Chair of Chinese for Labour, and Victor Wong, the Director of the Canadian Chinese National Council, BEAA has not only sparked the attention of our nation but our diasporic counterparts elsewhere in the world.
Leong had this to say of the group in his nomination form:
“British East Asian Artists (BEAA) was formed in response to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s decision to produce the Chinese classic The Orphan Of Zhao with seventeen actors (the vast majority Caucasian) and only three of East Asian descent who are playing small parts (including dogs and maids).
The group pressured and protested, initiating and encouraging Facebook and Twitter protests (over 700 comments posted on the RSC’s Facebook page), an email campaign which saw the Arts Council’s mail boxes blitzed (the RSC is the recipient of £15 million a year of tax payers subsidy), generating support from across the globe.”
Hi Ching and Lucy Sheen represented the group to receive the award from Nee Hao’s Monica Pang. Ching and Sheen issued the following statement:
“This is for the BEAA and we are very happy and proud! Thank you everybody for working so hard; this is yours!”
Other notable nominees included:
- Christine Lee, for being one of the most prominent figures and lawyers in British Chinese society; founder of the law firm Christine Lee & Co; Chief Legal Advisor to the Chinese Embassy; chairwoman of the North London Chinese Association; and leader of the ‘Integration of British Chinese into politics’ or ‘BC Project’ campaign;
- Barry Cox, for his performance and musical abilities, and fluency in Cantonese and Mandarin given his English background;
- Fenfen Huang, for being a passionate promoter of Chinese culture; the driving force behind the non-profit Chinese arts and culture organisation China Pearl in Liverpool; accomplished dancer; and cultural teacher;
- Lucy Sheen, for her important journey in discovering the meaning of being British Chinese; inspiring others; being an impressive actress (and nominated for an OFFIE award in Pin-de in Hungry Ghosts at the Orange Theatre in Richmond and starred in the film Ping Pong as her film debut), write, and producer; and establishing the BEAA; and
- Daniel York, for his role as Vice Chair of the Equity Minority Ethnic Members Committee; taking action against the RSC through a fierce online email, Facebook and Twitter campaign; his filmmaking (his film Mercutio’s Dreaming: The Killing of a Chinese Actor was nominated for four awards at the Wolrd Independent Music & Film Awards); and experiences as an actor (for example, he won the 2012 Life! Theatre Award in Singapore for his performance in the play Dealer’s Choice).
Photography kindly sponsored by Nick Reynolds Photography: www.nickreynoldsphotography.co.uk