We organize Manchester based social networking events for the British Born Chinese and wider British Chinese community to get together and meet new people. Everyone is welcome. Membership is free. All events are organized on a voluntary basis and we welcome more volunteers to help. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
「中英聯會」, 是一個盡力協助英國華人通過社交活動結識新朋友的社交團體。我們歡迎任何人士參與聯會所有的活動。會員是免費。所有聯會活動都是由志願人員籌備的。我們歡迎任何志願人員的幫助。請隨時發電子郵件至bcn.email@example.com 查詢詳情。
The British Chinese Network©, founded in 2004, is a group of volunteers brought together by their Eastern background and Western upbringing, otherwise known as “British Born Chinese” and includes those who have lived a long time in the UK, but are ethnically Chinese or have some Chinese ancestry. Having established a focus for the group to promote social interactivity and networking opportunities, the group has endeavoured to host regular events primarily targeting the first generation of BBCs but is open to all.
The British Chinese Network branched out from the British Chinese Online Forum (based in London, and caters more to the London BBCs). The BCN caters to the social networking needs of the British Chinese community in Greater Manchester and North West region.
Cultural Background 文化背景
We are an emerging culture unto ourselves. Chinese culture is a vast topic and covers many issues, from the obvious Chinese New Year celebrations to the hidden values and meanings behind gift exchange and tradition.
To know one Chinese person and their culture does not mean you know them all. China is a huge mass of land, with numerous villages in each province. Each village in itself contains population with their own dialect and common values. The more common dialects in the UK are Mandarin, Cantonese and Hakka. As the term “Chinese” can refer to any of these dialects, it is essential for seekers of “Chinese” speakers to know exactly which dialect they are referring to. More information about Chinese dialects can be found on wiki.
With the new generation of Chinese, being born in Britain, we are commonly known as BBCs (or British Born Chinese). The culture is even more diverse as there is a mix of Eastern and Western values being brought together, but the extent of the mix is unique to each family and individual.
Many of the first Chinese immigrants into the UK have sought out work in the catering field. As a result, there has been a stereotype of “Takeaways” being associated with being Chinese. However, the new generation of BBCs are breaking away from this stereotype. We have a more diverse background in our education and professions.
Check our services page for what we offer.