Rethinking the canon: building solidarity
This article has been published on the Varsity website. It begins:
In his column, Jonathan Chan sits down with Ian Wang to consider how and why interethnic solidarity is crucial to the campaign to decolonise the curriculum.
“I was a little bit naïve and doe-eyed when I first got here,” remarks Ian Wang (Third Year, Corpus Christi). “It felt like I had nobody to speak to regarding the question – Am I right in thinking these perspectives are limited?” Ian is one of the few Chinese-British students who can be found in the English faculty. Unlike many other BME (black and minority ethnic) students, Ian’s family has not been affected by colonialism in the same direct way. Ian’s parents arrived in Manchester from Beijing and Dalian in the 1980s for graduate school. They opted to lay their roots down in the UK and became heavily invested in their local Chinese-British community