Author Archives: Anna

About Anna

Writer, performer and broadcaster.

Doctor Who review: Death in Heaven season finale — an ideological battleground.

Doctor Who: Death in Heaven season finale — an ideological battleground. SPOILER ALERT Cybermen meet zombies in the second half of this A Matter of Life and Death nick in which our intrepid heroes hissy-fit around a lot. There’s so … Continue reading

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More or Less Asian? Stereotypes in Literature: talk at Asia House 12th Nov 2014

The cuddly liberal Guardian thought this illustration was OK. The original photo of the squirrel before the Guardian’s Goebbels squad got on the job. I’m on a panel next Wednesday at Asia House for a debate — More or Less … Continue reading

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Chinese in Britain this week: South China Morning Post magazine and BBC Radio 4 Extra

Two lots of Chinese in Britain from me this week. Today, my cover article for the South China Morning Post magazine — “Personal tales of a journey to a new land” — about the sweeping Ming Ai oral history project, … Continue reading

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Anna on the BBC World Service Weekend programme, 18th October 2014

I was a guest on the BBC World Service Weekend programme on Saturday, talking about the news: the Middle East, The Catholic Synod, Ebola and sheds. This year is the tenth anniversary of the Morecambe Bay Chinese cocklepickers disaster so … Continue reading

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Doctor Who “Deep Breath” review 8.1: all hail Peter Capaldi, shame about the script.

Why is Peter Capaldi flashing his red bits like a lady baboon, and other questions. SPOILER ALERT Review of Dr Who “Deep Breath” first broadcast BBC1, Saturday 23rd August 2014 The Dalek was eyeing up some poor bastard on the … Continue reading

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Chinese British comic Anna Chen says WTF with the stereotypes? Stand-up comedy in the week of Act for Change.

British East Asian comedian Anna Chen on Asian stereotypes, terracotta warriors, and pets. This week, hundreds of actors, artists and creatives attended the Act for Change conference at the Young Vic in London looking at the alarming lack of diversity … Continue reading

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