Chinese seek poll success in UK in record numbers
A record number of candidates with Chinese origins are taking part in Thursday’s general election in the United Kingdom.
Eleven ethnic Chinese candidates, including two women, are running, and analysts say the increased number reflects a change in the attitude toward politics among young Chinese in the UK.
“Most of our Chinese candidates are of a similar age, they are a generation of British Chinese who have grown up understanding the UK political system and wanting to make a difference,” said Michael Wilkes, vice-chairman of the British Chinese Project.
The project is a nonpartisan, voluntary organization seeking to raise the presence of the Chinese community in the British political arena.
“I believe this is the beginning of the British Chinese breaking that political glass ceiling, and in the next 10 or 20 years nobody will be able to call the British Chinese ‘silent’ or ‘invisible’ anymore,” Wilkes added.
The Conservatives have five ethnic Chinese candidates — Alan Mak, Jackson Ng, Mark Lim and mainland migrants Edward Yi He and Wang Xingang.