It has been brought to our attention that BBC4 has commissioned two documentaries about the Chinese in Britain and Vietnamese in Britain as part of A Very British History. We are disappointed to learn of more BBC projects that pivot entirely on a British East Asian experience while excluding British East Asians in key editorial, creative lead, and decision-making roles on the programmes. It is difficult to escape the notion that these documentaries are being conceived to perform diversity but with no real intention for meaningful inclusion.
BEATS reached out to the BBC Commissioner but so far they have declined to meet.
You can read our full statement here.