19:58

Overwhelmed is one of the many emotions I have been feeling over the past few days. With so much unrest in the world it is difficult to feel at peace.

I talked to a friend about recent happenings and we both felt the great deluge of information had us feeling swamped. There is such a wealth of information on the topic of Black Lives Matter that it can be hard to digest.

Living in the UK my whole life as British-born Chinese has given me testing times, particularly growing up in primarily Caucasian schools. Through those tough situations I was able to acknowledge my differences from my peers, and -over time – also embrace my ethnicity and culture. From my current viewpoint I can say that I am comfortable with my heritage and the stereotypes that come with it. Unfortunately this is not a luxury that many can enjoy in today’s society.

Through these past experiences I can begin to understand the sufferings of the world today. As a fellow person of colour I stand in solidarity with black men, women and children. I seek a better world for you. A world where children do not have to be ashamed of the colour of their skin. A world where racial stereotypes do not condemn a person as soon as they set foot into a store. A world that is equal to all.

Though feeling overwhelmed can be draining, I can only imagine how those in the front of this battle are feeling. I hope to be better informed by researching more and helping by spreading awareness on this important topic.

01:08

‘It’s sort of weird if you think about it. We live in a pretty apathetic age, yet we’re surrounded by an enormous amount of information about other people. If you feel like it, you can easily gather that information about them. Having said that, we hardly know anything about people.’

Haruki Murakami – Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage