The fifth annual Lord Chan Memorial Lecture at the House of Lords

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Announcement by Lord Wei 

I take great pleasure in inviting you to the fifth annual Lord Chan Memorial Lecture, to be held on Monday 6th March 2017 at 7pm in Committee Room 4A, House of Lords.

This annual lecture is given in memory of Lord Chan who was the first ever ethnic Chinese member of the House of Lords and a great physician who was much loved by those he served and much missed when he passed away in 2006.

The guest speaker for the fifth annual Lord Chan Memorial Lecture will be Phillip (Phil) Wang, who will be speaking about his experiences and challenges as a rising star in British comedy and television.

Phil was born in Malaysia and attended school in Brunei, moving to Bath, UK at the age of 16. He read Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where he was also able to develop his comedy routines as President of Footlights -the celebrated comedy and drama society. Phil won the 2010 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year awards and Comedy Central’s Funniest Student Award in 2011. On graduating, Phil has devoted all his time to comedy and has appeared on a number of prime time TV shows including: Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You?, The John Bishop Show, 8 out of 10 cats and Countdown. Phil is currently on a London-wide tour until April this year.

Phil has appealed to his ethnic heritage in his sketches, looking to unravel ‘East asian’ stereotypes. He has written in the Guardian about the presentation of East Asian people in the media and continues to develop material that challenges the perceptions of those from both East and West. We very much look forward to hearing from Phil about his experiences as a rising star on-stage, and on our television screens.

I very much look forward to seeing you at the next Lord Chan Memorial Lecture.

With best wishes,

Lord Wei

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