Asian

Asian has a surprisingly complex history. In the 1930s it began to replace the term Asiatic to describe people and customs from the continent of Asia. As the OED makes clear, the word asiatic was seen as derogatory by the people it described.

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White

In discussing this project, certain of my interlocutors – when I mentioned this entry – felt it was unnecessary, that…

Race & Racialisation

Thinking about race is complex and evolving; it brings together work in the natural sciences with cultural theory and history.…

Identity

To talk about destabilised and multifarious or fractured identities became the cliched preserve of academic campuses across (but not limited…

Ethnic & Ethnicity

The usage of ethnic and ethnicity is perhaps more slippery and politically charged than even the term culture. Famously, the…

Diversity

The BFI diversity standards leaflet says “Our definition of diversity is to recognise the quality and value of difference.” In…

Culture

John Holden in Cultural Value and the Crisis of Legitimacy writes, “No one would suggest that defining culture is easy……

Coloured & Of Colour

In 2015, Benedict Cumberbatch fell into the unenviable trap of referring to “coloured” (by which he meant black) actors.31 The…

BAME & BME

These two acronyms stand for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and Black and Minority Ethnic respectively. While the term BAME…

Black

This is a word with a great and complex history, used in everyday language as distinct from its racial and…