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Most recent update: 03 March, 2015.


Visible Chinese is a guide to individuals at the forefront of the UK's Chinese Culture.

Profiled individuals are included simply because they have contributed to the UK's Chinese Culture.

Visible Chinese aims to become an Authoritative Independent Listing of Achievers within the UK's Chinese Culture.

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Gemma Chan

Actress

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Film, TV & Radio.

British actress Gemma Chan was born in London and grew up in Kent. Her mother is of Scottish-Chinese heritage and her father grew up in Hong Kong. She studied law at Worcester College, Oxford University and upon graduating was offered a job with a leading law firm.

However she turned it down in order to pursue her acting career, going on to train at the prestigious and notoriously tough Drama Centre London, a drama school that has produced actors such as Paul Bettany, Anne-Marie Duff, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan. Spotted at her showcase by British film producer Damian Jones (The History Boys, Kidulthood, Welcome to Sarajevo), she then signed to acting agent Nicki van Gelder, who has guided the careers of Samantha Morton and Helena Bonham Carter.

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Gok Wan

Fashion Stylist and TV Presenter

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Entertainment. Fashion. Film, TV & Radio.

Born in 1974 in Leicester, Gok has worked in the fashion industry for the best part of a decade. Studying at London's prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama, he found himself drawn to hair and make-up over drama, prompting his entrée into the fashion industry and gaining him early work as a hair and make-up artist on titles such as The Sunday Times Style.

Finding himself dissatisfied with beauty alone, however, Gok decided to pursue his love of clothes as a fashion stylist.

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Jing Lusi 陆思敬

Actress

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Film, TV & Radio.

Jing Lusi was born in Shanghai and grew up in Hampshire. The daughter of academics, Jing studied at Peter Symonds College, Winchester and went onto read Law at University College London.

Having performed in The Really Useful Group’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Philip Schofield as a child, Jing eventually chose an acting career over a legal lifestyle when she graduated.

Jing has worked across Asia, UK, and US; playing Princess Meng Li Hua in Malaysia’s highest grossing blockbuster Clash of Empires: Battle For Asia (2011, KRU Studios), her other film credits include Jack Falls (Lionsgate 2011), Before I Go To Sleep (2014, Millennium Films), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014, Paramount) and Survivor (2015, Millennium Films).

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Tom Wu

Actor, Movement Director

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Arts. Entertainment. Film, TV & Radio. Theatre.

Tom's forthcoming film roles include Fong in The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian, Juba in Mutant Chronicles and Tatsumi in The Tournament. He has recently appeared as Lord John in film Revolver and on television as Lee Jiyong in Whistleblower, Jimmy Wu in Diamond Geezer, Perak in The Ruby in the Smoke, Lao Ai in The First Emperor, Huang Lok in Casualty, Lin Liang Ren in Death on the Beach, The Omid Djalili show amongst others.

Actor Tom Wu was born in the New Territories, Hong Kong, and grew up in London’s Chinatown. At the age of 10 he began practising Martial Arts such as Hung Gar, Karate and Wing Chun and later took up acrobatics. In 1988 he competed for Britain at China’s International Wu-Shu (Martial Arts) Tournament and was awarded 2 Bronze Medals, and a Gold Medal.

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Ching-He Huang

Foodie entrepreneur

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Business. Cuisine.

Foodie entrepreneur born in Taiwan to Chinese parents and lived in South Africa before finding foot on British soil. A self-taught cook, Ching launched her own food company, Fuge Ltd, fresh from graduating from university with a 1st class Economics degree from Queen Mary Westfield College in London in 1999.

Ching’s products can now be found at retail and foodservice outlets from profile events to blue-chip companies in the City. This was followed by the launch of Tzu, a healthy soft drinks range, which are now stocked in prestigious outlets such as Selfridges, Wholefoods and Champneys Health Farms. Ching’s dynamic approach made a television presence inevitable.

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Hong Y Soo

Footballer

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Sports.

Hong Y ‘Frank’ Soo can be seen as the first non-white man to play for England, representing them in unofficial Internationals during World War II. ‘Frank’ Soo became the first player of Chinese origin to play in the Football league. Playing for Stoke City from 1933 to 1945, Soo would probably have played at international level for England had World War II not intervened.

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Hsiao-Hung Pai

Freelance Journalist and Writer

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Literature.

Ms Hsiao-Hung Pai was born in Taiwan and came to Britain in 1991. She holds masters' degrees from the University of Wales (Critical & Cultural Theory), University of Durham (East Asian politics and history) and the University of Westminster (Journalism).

Hsiao-Hung Pai works as a freelance journalist, writing for the Guardian and many UK-Chinese publications. She covered the Morecambe Bay cockle-picking tragedy for the Guardian.

In order to understand the plight of other Chinese migrants, she went undercover and is the only journalist working in Britain who has truly penetrated the world of undocumented Chinese migrants.

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Jessica Yu Li Henwick

Actress

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Film, TV & Radio.

Jessica is a British actress, currently residing in London and Los Angeles.

Her first professional role came in early 2009, when Jessica auditioned for the BBC series 'Spirit Warriors', and after an extensive auditioning process, she was cast as the female lead role; Bo.

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David Tse Ka-Shing

Freelance actor, writer, theatre director and film-maker. Creative Director of Chinatown Arts Space (part-time)

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Arts. Culture. Education. Entertainment. Film, TV & Radio. Theatre.

David read law before training at Rose Bruford College (acting) and the Leicester Haymarket Theatre (directing). He studied Beijing Opera movement with Lee Siu Wah and during M. Butterfly with Jamie Guan. Inspired by East Asian physical style, he became Artistic Director of Yellow Earth Theatre where for 13 years, he successfully led the company to become the UK’s only revenue-funded British East Asian touring theatre.

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Jennifer Lim

Actor and Filmmaker

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Arts. Culture. Entertainment. Film, TV & Radio. Theatre.

Jennifer Lim is an actress and filmmaker. Her acting work encompasses film, TV, theatre and radio in the UK and abroad.

Hailing originally from Singapore where her television appearances include the Mandarin series, Waves Of Courage and The Broadcaster, Jennifer is probably best known for her role as Kana in the smash hit horror film, Hostel. Written and directed by Eli Roth of Cabin Fever fame (himself the star of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds) and exec produced by Tarantino, Hostel went on to gross more than $45 million at the U.S. box office.

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