British East Asian Actors and British East Asian Theatre have always been restricted to the fringes of the mainstream: the poor country cousin to other theatrical movements and ethnicities, such as the Black African-Caribbean or South Asian communities.
Contrary to claims by the arts establishment, significant numbers of British East Asian actors do exist. However, historically, we have not had access to the opportunities to which we should have had access. We have been marginalised by a narrow range of roles and characters. In other words, we have been corralled in to an ethnic ghetto.
October 17th 2012 marked the beginning of our emancipation, a British East Asian spring.
There is a world of talent out there waiting to make a contribution to the nation's cultural life, to demonstrate our capabilities, to make use of our talents, to be seen.
Until October 17th 2012 and the RSC controversy surrounding The Orphan of Zhao, British East Asians we were a minority within a minority. We were not even sure what to call ourselves or how to refer to ourselves: British-Chinese? East Asian? Southeast Asian?
Overnight we became a group, a group with a common purpose, a group with a unified name:
BRITISH EAST ASIAN ARTISTS
Fighting for the rights of ALL British East Asian artists