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Steven Cheung

MEP Candidate and Radio Presenter

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Community. Film, TV & Radio. Politics.

Steven Dominique Cheung is a British Chinese Filipino seeking support to stand in the June 4th European Election. He is the first British Chinese-Filipino MEP Candidate and the World's youngest.

Born in Hong Kong on 7 October 1989 and grew up in London with two younger brothers, Steven's father is Chinese and his mother is Filipino. His family settled in the United Kingdom in 2002.

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John Gittings

Research Associate, Centre of Chinese Studies, SOAS; Associate, Oxford Research Group.

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Politics.

John Gittings was for many years chief foreign leader-writer and East Asia Editor at The Guardian. In the late 1960s he worked with the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong. He first reported from China in 1971 during the Cultural Revolution, when he visited with a delegation from the Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding. A second visit in 1976, during the "April 5th Incident", was followed by regular travel while teaching at the Polytechnic of Central London (where he formed the basis of the Chinese poster collection -- now at the University of Westminster).

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Andrew K P Leung SBS FRSA

Chairman, Andrew Leung International Consultants Limited

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Business. Politics.

Andrew is an international China Specialist with over 40 years experience in a variety of senior positions involving Mainland China and Hong Kong. He has founded an international China business consultancy based in London.

Andrew has addressed numerous local and international business and strategic forums on China. His speaking profile can be found at City Speakers International. He appears regularly for live interviews on various international TV stations including CNBC Europe, BBC World, and Aljazeera (English Channel). He contributes many insightful commentaries and presentations on China, some posted on his website at Andrew Leung International Consultants.

Andrew is a registered Reuters Insight expert for services worldwide and is a Council Member of the Gerson Lehrman Group (global experts) He has been appointed a Global Commercial Agent for Changsha City, China.

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Ya-Lan Chuang 庄雅兰

Business Executive and Cross Culture Communications Consultant

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Business. Community. Education. Politics.

Since 1998 Yalan has been working as a professional Mandarin language and cross-cultural communication training manager and consultant to individuals, corporate organisations and governmental bodies in the UK, France, and Asia.

Outside of the training arena, Yalan has also successfully employed her background in business and finance to facilitate multinationals, financial institutions, European Commission on a number of Euro-Sino projects ( approx. €2 million/project), which involved strategy advice on the pre Joint-Venture (JV) due diligence, integration of multicultural teams post JV, high-street fashion branding and marketing penetration in emerging markets.

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Anna Chen

Writer, performer and broadcaster

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Arts. Community. Film, TV & Radio. Media. Politics.

Born and raised in Hackney, east London, Anna had her first poetry published at 14 and remained unbeaten at Chess in tournaments with the boys' school. Cut to 1994 when she took her groundbreaking one-woman comedy show, Suzy Wrong - Human Cannon, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, making her the first British-born Chinese comedienne to do so. This was followed by her other solo shows, I, Imelda and Taikonaut: How To Save The World, Part I. She was possibly the first British Chinese comic on TV with her BBC2 debut in Stewart Lee's Fist of Fun in 1996.

Anna took time out from her performing career in order to organise the press operation for the anti-war movement in the aftermath of the events of September 2001 and during the build up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. She also campaigned on Chinese issues such as the Morecambe Bay disaster and was the press officer for the community protest which successfully challenged the MAFF and media over the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) smear of 2001 resulting in a public apology and vindication from the minister. Anna was a founder member of the Chinese Civil Rights Action Group which grew out of the FMD action and was the precursor to Min Quan, a branch of The Monitoring Group.

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Christine Lee

Solicitor and Company Director

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Community. Law. Politics.

Christine Lee is one of the most prominent figures in British Chinese society and is one of the most experienced and leading Chinese lawyers practising in the United Kingdom today. She is the founder of the renowned British Chinese 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' campaign, also known as the ‘BC Project'.

Christine has worked on some of the leading cases in the field of Immigration and Human Rights and is highly regarded as a result by her peers and the UK Chinese Community.

She has close contacts at the Chinese Embassy in the UK and also has close contacts with the Parliamentary All Party group on Chinese affairs. Her commitment and passion for the Law has propelled the firm constantly forward. Christine is a specialist in Public Law, Human Rights, Immigration and Family Law. She is a qualified solicitor and a member of ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners Assocation).

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Wah-Yin Rixon

Film examiner

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Arts. Culture. Film, TV & Radio. Politics.

Born in Singapore, Wah-Yin grew up in a family where she is the only one not to be an engineer (apart from her mother, who was an extraordinary cook). In 2006, she embarked on a 5-week odyssey through Guangxi in south China with her daughter, Shan - who was studying Chinese in Kunming - to find their ancestral village (see Shan’s pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/s-h-a-n/sets/). She hopes to do something similar with her son, John, one day. But he is a jazz musician and his schedule, like his music, is unpredictable (www.howardpeacockjazz.com).

Wah-Yin watches over 5 hours of film and TV material every weekday to determine their classification as she is a film examiner at the British Board of Film Classification (www.bbfc.co.uk). Whenever possible, she reads, writes, eats, sees and makes pictures, and dreams up schemes related to arts and culture.

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Mee Ling Ng OBE

Non-executive chair of Southwark Primary Care Trust

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Community. Politics.

Mee Ling Ng was appointed as the non-executive chair of Southwark Primary Care Trust in April 2002. Before that, she was a non-executive director of two other NHS trust boards in South London.

Mee Ling was also the first Chinese woman councillor to be elected in Britain, to the London Borough of Lewisham. She was a Labour councillor for 16 years, deputy leader for four years and chaired a number of key committees such as Economic Development, Regeneration Partnership Boards, Social Services and Social Inclusion.

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Merlene Emerson

Solicitor and co-founder of Chinese Liberal Democrats

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Law. Politics.

Merlene is the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parlliamentary Candidate for Hammersmith, London and will vie to be the first M.P. of Chinese descent when the General Elections are next called.

Prior to that she stood for her Party in the Greater London Assembly Elections in May 2008, for the Constituency of West Central (which includes Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster).

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Thomas Tak Leung Chan FRSA

Councillor

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Business. Community. Politics.

Councillor Thomas Chan is the current Cabinet Member for Housing and Health In the London Borough of Redbridge. He is also a member of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Race Equality Advisory Panel. Previously he was a member of the Home Secretary’s Race Relations Forum and Race Equality Advisory Panel (1998 – 2005), Metropolitan Police Committee (1995-2000) and Consumer Committee, Food Standards Agency (2002 – 2004). He was a Councillor in Redbridge between 1990 and 1994.

He is a founding member of the Chinese in Britain Forum and is its current Vice-Chair. He has been the Chairman of the Chinese Takeaway Association (UK) since 2001.

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