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Faiths' appeal to Redbridge Council to resettle Iraq and Syrian refugees
Ilford Recorder 24
According to organisers Citizens UK, those councils which agree will receive financial support from a UN refugee resettlement scheme funded by the UK government and the EU. Succot, held from October 8-15, Jewish communities are encouraged to ...
Fikret Atay combines post-apocalyptic setting with humor in new show
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Set in the same location as the previous video, this video emphasizes the idea of abandoned villages, forced migration and people who are torn from their daily lives. One female zombie walks in her torn wedding dress, another tries to put a non ...
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Fans' goalpost celebrations pose safety risk
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Irony of peace award amid India-Pakistan border friction
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BEMA Black History Month: Radicalism and Resistance in Britain through the ages
Featuring members of:
British Black Panther Movement
Asian Youth Movement
London Black Revs
Birmingham Black Sisters (tbc)
BEMA will be hosting former members of the British Black Panther Movement and the Asian Youth Movement speaking alongside members of London Black Revs and Liberation Squad on their experiences against state racism, how things have (and have not) changed in Britain since,
what we can learn from the movements active in Britain in the past and present,
as well as discussing what what we need to do as BME people in Britain today to carry on that struggle for our communities.
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Preventing the Oil and Gas Resource Curse in East Africa
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Wanted - Far-Sighted African Leadership Against Ebola
The Ebola outbreak is a "Rwanda moment" for Africa. But leadership on this issue from around the continent has been at best too little too late, exposing Africa to external militarization of responses to the epidemic that could creep into other ...
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Seventy five years ago, 239 women and 244 children fled the brutal Japanese invasion of Canton and made their way to New Zealand; marking the beginning Chinese family settlement in Aotearoa. Kiwese spoke with Helen Wong from the New Zealand Chinese Association to find out more.
Hi Helen! What’s your family’s story in New Zealand?
My family are from Jung Seng (now Zengcheng 增城). My grandfather came in 1880, when he was just eleven. He came to help his sister, who had a fruit shop with her husband in Stratford. He returned to China when he was 21 to buy land and houses and eventually took over the fruit shop when his sister and her husband wanted to return to China. He was in Manaia, Taranaki all that time.
How did this 75th anniversary of Cantonese war refugees arriving in New Zealand come about?
It is being run by the New Zealand Chinese Association Auckland branch. Earlier this year, we had a 75 year celebration of the Chan clan, my mother-in-law’s people. NZCA heard about it and decided we should do a big one to celebrate all the refugees who came at that time.
My mother-in-law’s family walked from Guangzhou to Hong Kong [approx 120km] to escape the Japanese military, including little kids of 3 or 4. It took about 10 days to get from the villages, walking down the railway lines to Hong Kong. Once in Hong Kong, they had to wait for the boats to Sydney, then onto New Zealand.
Did the arrival of these war refugees mark a new acceptance of Chinese in New Zealand?
Well, the New Zealand Government did allow the Chinese to come here – mostly men, but there was a Poll Tax. Women were not allowed because they didn’t want the Chinese population to grow.
What were the logistics of getting several hundred refugees out of Canton and over to New Zealand?
The men went back to escort the women and children out of the villages of the Pearl River Delta region. In my mother-in-law’s case, her father went back and escorted the whole group of about 30 out on the same boat. In Hong Kong, there was a place that did business with businesses like Wah Lees back in New Zealand – you’ve just interviewed Barry! There was a big organisation of Jung Seng people who organised the tickets and shipping fares and made arrangements for people to come to Sydney then to New Zealand.
What is the significance of Chinese women and children being allowed to come in New Zealand?
Once the women and children came here, it was the start of Chinese families in New Zealand. Before that sojourners were just going back and forth – they didn’t really want to be living in New Zealand, they wanted to go back to China to die. That was okay until the Sino-Japanese War, then after that the Communists came – so a lot of people had no way to go back.“It was more of a humanitarian thing to allow women and children to come to New Zealand, but they still had to pay £100 each in Poll Tax. On top of that, they had to pay another £500 bond and ensure any children born here would to go back to China as well.”
Do you think this history will eventually be included in the national curriculum?
Richard Leung, Chair of the NZCA Auckland branch is really hot on trying to get this out there. A lot of the new migrants think we just got off the boat in 1970. They don’t know about the history of the ‘old Chinese.’ They don’t know about the gold miners, the Poll Tax, the hardships, and how we had to put up with a lot.
What was your experience growing up in Hawera?
When I was going through school, I got teased a lot. We were the only foreigners in town. Everybody else was either Maori or European. The relationships between Maori and Chinese were better than the relationship with the Europeans. We did Kiwi things and tried to fit in as best we could, by playing rugby and netball. The difference being we spoke Chinese at home, and for birthday parties my mum would do Chinese food – the kids would gasp because they’d never had it before!“We got stuck in a time warp.”
The idea of what it even is to be Chinese. Before coming to China, my understanding of Chinese culture was limited to the few traditions we retained in my family, yum cha, films… the idea of Chinese culture and what being Chinese means is different for many people.
Yeah, but I think you will find us old Chinese are more Chinese than the Chinese. We’ve stuck to traditions. We got stuck in a time warp. My mother came from China in 1948 and I do what she did and my husband follows what his mother did. But when the Communists came over, a lot of that stuff was chucked out the window. Family histories, gone. A lot of the traditional celebration areas in the villages were just destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.“The Chinese are under a one child policy. Whereas we Chinese in New Zealand tend to have big families with lots of aunties and uncles.”
New migrants are changing the face of Auckland. Do you see this affecting perceptions of the original Cantonese community?
Yes. We’ve tended not to be taken notice of. One of the reasons we are holding this event is to say “hey, the Cantonese have been in New Zealand for a long time and we’re still here.” Our forbearers first came as gold miners, then became market gardeners and so on. Whereas the new migrants that come now are more educated and either come for university or a professional job.
How do you see the ‘old hand’ Cantonese legacy being handed on to the younger generation? Seen as there is a general lack of Cantonese-speaking young people who are interested.
I still see it being handed on. The old committee members are going on 80 now, but we have a lot of members in the Women’s Group in their 40s-60s. Then the Future Dragons are 18-30s. For the kids we have sports clubs and there is always Easter Tournament. We get a lot of support in organising the Chinese New Year at Greenlane every year, where a lot of new migrants come and interact with the more established community.
As a nation, if we are wanting to redefine ‘Kiwi’ as a concept for all, not just another word for Pakeha, do you think if the Chinese are always referred to as an ‘ethnic community’ it keeps us as a fringe group, as opposed to acknowledgement that we helped build this place? I’m referring to the attendance of the Minister of Ethnic Communities to the event.
They need to have it in a way, because otherwise we get disenfranchised. In the lead up to the election, I’m not sure how many politicians spoke to Indian groups or Korean groups. A lot of the people here now actually don’t speak English. So if you try to make everybody the same, everybody Kiwi, its not gonna work. Look at the community now, we have Chinese newspapers, radio, TV. I can’t read Chinese, so I have no idea if they have an underground thing going on. When you get the media split into different languages like that, you are never going to get a ‘Kiwi’ society.
Do you think there is adequate Chinese representation in our MMP system?
What I can say is, the Chinese who are in Parliament do not represent us. They don’t even pretend to, they just don’t. I’ve never seen them turn up at our Cantonese functions. They are looking after the newbies and we just have to put up with the run of the mill politicians.
I guess we Kiwis just have to go with the flow and be Kiwis.
Thanks for sharing, Helen!
Helen is the Treasurer of the NZCA Auckland branch Women’s Group and is the author of ‘In the Mountain’s Shadow: A Century of Chinese in Taranaki 1870-1970.’
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Alleged Sunwing disruptor's mom speaks out from jail
She first came to Canada as a refugee claimant in 1997. Her claim was denied and she was deported in 2000, according to the hearing transcript. She returned to Canada three more times following that and was removed from the country each time.
Malala, Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize
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Malala, Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize
"The true winners today are the world's children," said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, praising Satyarthi's "heroic work" and Malala's "courage and determination." "The biggest threat to the Taliban is a girl with a book," said Margot Wallstrom ...
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Opinion: Derby asylum-seeker hostel could be a boost to our area
I READ "Three asylum seeker hostels proposed for city" (Derby Telegraph, October 3) and it is obvious that the one on Stepping Lane is the one which will be given the planning permission by the council – for more than one personal political reason.
Living in camps can never equate to life in own homes.
War Against Islamic State: Kobani May Fall -- Turkey Seeks Buffer Zone -- U.S. Air Strikes "Not Enough"
War against Islamic State: The Syrian border town of Kobane will fall to terrorists unless those fighting it are given heavy weapons and extra fighters. Stand-off: Turkish soldiers observe the Syrian town of Kobane under fire from Isil forces Photo: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP
Kurdish militia fighters battling to hold Kobane in the face of a jihadist onslaught have said they will lose the key Syrian border town within a week, unless they are given heavy weapons and extra fighters.
The United States-led coalition stepped up its bombardment of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) positions in Kobane on Thursday, and the US Central Command claimed that Kurdish militia allies controlled “most of the city” and were “holding out against Isil”.
But residents of Kobane and fighters on the ground provided a much darker prognosis for the fate of town that has become a crucial test of the ability of President Barack Obama’s new international coalition to defeat Isil.
Azad Osman, 24, a native of Kobane now taking refuge in Turkey, said a relative fighting on the front line had revealed that local forces were unable to compete with Isil’s sophisticated weaponry even with the help of American air strikes.
“He is fighting on the eastern side and he said he didn’t think the Kurdish forces would be able to hold on because they don’t have enough heavy weapons,” said Mr Osman, who speaks everyday by phone with his cousin, Farouq Shahin, 50, a Kurdish volunteer commander.Related Articles
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The plea came as Turkey, a Nato member, said that it would not take responsibility for saving the town by unilaterally sending in ground troops, despite facing mounting pressure from the US to participate in the anti-Isil coalition.
Smoke rose from the Syrian town of Kobani amid fighting watched from the Turkish town of Suruc. The United States has nudged Turkey to play a greater role in defeating militants. Credit Umit Bektas/Reuters
“It is not realistic to expect Turkey to conduct a ground operation on its own,” Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister told a joint news conference with visiting Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg.
Turkey’s reluctance to join the anti-Isil coalition and participate in the conflict on its border is in part motivated by the differing goals between it and the United States in Syria.
Whilst the US’ recent intervention is heavily focusing on destroying Isil and al-Qaeda in Syria, Turkey’s ambition includes the removal of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Mr Cavusoglu said: “As long as Assad stays in power, bloodshed and massacres will continue. The Assad regime is the cause of instability, and therefore a political change is necessary.”
The People’s Protection Units, YPG, the Kurdish militia fighting in Kobane has at times allied itself with President Assad during the civil war.
The YPG is also the Syrian wing of the Kurdish Workers Party, the PKK, a proscribed separatist group based in Turkey, with whom the Turkish government has a long and bloody history.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has worked to stop arms supplies crossing the border for the fighters in Kobane, fearing that they will ultimately strengthen the PKK.
At the same time however Turkey is facing a domestic backlash over its inaction in Kobane, with its sizeable Kurdish population furious that the country is allowing their compatriots across the border to be attacked by Isil.
Protesters in several cities in the southeast of the country clashed overnight Wednesday the third night running with police.
The demonstrations in the past week have left 19 dead in the worst outbreak of such violence in decades.
In Kobane on Thursday, fighters were said to have pushed Isil from the town centre, – where they had briefly taken control of the central mosque – but the battles were ongoing, and that there was no sign of a decisive victory for either side.
Palls of black smoke hung over the town, which observers said may have been Isil fighters setting fire to roofs and cars as part of a tactic adopted to impair the vision of pilots carrying out the air strikes.
Dwindling supplies have started to have an impact on the Kurd’s ability to defend the city however, Mr Osman, the Kobane native, said.
They are low on ammunition and are also said to be short of food, water and medical supplies.
At least two or three fighters are killed each day with some of the casualties due to a lack of adequate medical treatment.
Turkey has instead made repeated calls for the international community to create a “buffer zone” to protect Turkey’s security and house some of the over 1.5 million Syrian refugees who fled to the country.
The details of the plan have remained nebulous but reports suggest Turkey wants the enforcement of a zone extending several kilometres into Syria from the Turkish border, backed up by a no-fly zone.
France is the only country so far to have come out in support of the idea, with other western capitals remaining unenthusiastic, without dismissing the project entirely.
Nato Secretary General Mr Stoltenberg, the Nato secretary general cautioned on Thursday that it was not something that had been “on the table” of Nato discussions.
Turkey Seeks Buffer Zone on the Border With Syria
The New York Times
The idea is emerging as a possible way to end the standoff between the United States and Turkey, and American military planners are said to be looking at how to implement such a plan, which would require a no-fly zone and stepped up combat air patrols to take out Syrian air defense systems.
Yet the prospect of a buffer zone is proving deeply divisive in Washington, as it would go far beyond President Obama’s original mission of taking on the Islamic State and would lead to a direct confrontation with the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.
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From Afghan refugee to London lawyer in just 10 years: Linthwaite's Jasleen ... - Huddersfield Examiner
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