Author Archives: Anna

About Anna

Writer, performer and broadcaster.

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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Anna Chen’s Chinese Diaspora talk and poetry reading at Liverpool’s International Festival of Business China Day

A reminder about Liverpool tomorrow. I’m looking forward to giving my China Diaspora in Britain talk plus poetry from Reaching for my Gnu at the Il Forno Restaurant in Duke Street, Liverpool, tomorrow at 4pm. My dad lived there from … Continue reading

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Rik Mayall RIP: when I met Rik. Briefly.

Sadly, a classic case of the cutting room floor, but my mate Kirstin and I were in The Art of Noise Peter Gunn video starring Rik Mayall. We thought he was cute as well as funny. Kirstin flirted outrageously and … Continue reading

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