CARG, initiated by concerned citizens, addresses the increase in racism and hate crime towards British East Asians (i.e. Chinese, East and Southeast Asian) and international students arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. Although CARG's primary focus is British East Asian, we stand in solidarity with all other communities affected by Covid-19 related racism.
Depending on different situations, CARG will collaborate with other anti-racism groups and those representing other ethnic communities. When the pandemic is over, CARG will either disband or evolve to tackle systemic racism in the longer term.
CARG aims to:
Challenge misinformed articles, inflammatory words and misleading narratives in the media and public discourse that incite Sinophobia and racism
Call out racism towards British East Asian people and international students in the media with formal complaints as they happen
Advocate and promote positive stories of British East Asian contributions to British society in the public sphere
Develop a register of supporters and a pool of experts and professionals that CARG can rely on for help
CARG is currently managed by a Core Team consisting of:
David K.S. Tse
David is an actor, writer and director. He was the founding Artistic Director of YET (1995-2008) and CAS (2006-2017, rebranded CAN). He has acted in films, TV, theatre and radio, and as writer/director won the Sainsbury’s Checkout Theatre Award. David has directed productions in the RSC, Soho Theatre, Barbican and internationally, as well as the acclaimed From Shore to Shore and radio dramas for BBC Radio 4.
Angela works in marketing, PR and event management. She is the Chair of Chinese Active Citizens UK, co-founder of Chinese Future and Vice President of Birmingham China Business Forum. To support the local Chinese community, Chinese businesses and Chinese international students, Angela spends much of her time building relationships and facilitating communications between interested parties.
Dr Yeow Poon
Yeow is a consultant, specialising in public governance and management. He is the Chair of the Chinese Community Centre in Birmingham, the President of England China Business Forum, Secretary of Birmingham Business Focus, Treasurer of Arts in the Yards and a Trustee of Chinese Welfare Trust. Yeow is also the Chair of Policy for West Midlands Liberal Democrats and the Chair of Chinese Liberal Democrats.
Alex is a Birmingham City Councillor, first elected in 2015 and is currently the Shadow Cabinet Member for Children wellbeing. He has been a Birmingham Magistrate since 2009, a school governor since 2007 and stood as a Conservative Parliamentary candidate in 2020. He has volunteered across Africa numerous times in Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania and Rwanda. He was the Vice Chair for the British Chinese Project.
Linda is the founder and director of an international executive search agency. She is a former member of a large acute health trust, worked in employment tribunals and a former Lib Dem councillor in Camden. She is an active Trustee on the boards of four charities, including as Chair of Camden Chinese Community Centre. Linda is interested in community engagement, health, environment and social justice.
Geoff is a restaurateur, investing in regional Chinese and East Asian restaurants and businesses in London (Dumplings Legend, Leong's Legend and Goldfish). He is the Co-Chair Artist Patron, Barbican Committee and Patron of Art for Grenfell, which raised £1.9m for all 154 families from a Sotheby’s charity auction. He founded the Cavendish Square 2015 International Arts Show and is the Patron of Spirit of London, arts and media.
Pek works with the press and media as Head of Press for the London Chinatown Chinese Association. She has worked as a Project Manager at the British Chinese Project, leading on the Police Report on the Relationship Between the Chinese Community and the Police Service. She has also developed projects working with younger members of the community and training on the London 2012 Olympics with a Inspired Chinatown Team.