Other Projects

Okay, we’ve had the stories and poems, we’ve had the spoken word recitals and interviews, we’ve had the upcoming publications and previous anthologies, can there be anymore??? Turns out yes, there can be. Always the prolific educator, I’ve created various other projects to enhance people's understanding when engaging with others in multicultural/multi-ethnic/multi-racial situations. Below is a brief intro to some of those projects and links to their webpages.

**Other Projects**

*What Colour Are Your Senses: educational project promoting intercultural intelligence in Japan (...through the Nottingham Carnival!)

'What  Colour Are Your Senses?’ (WCAYS) is a guide to help Japanese school students explore the international world. Two senior high schools (Inawashiro and Asaka Kaisei) had organised international day events for their students and they asked me participate. I decided I would teach the students different Caribbean dances and I wrote the booklet as an introduction to the dance activity. The booklet (2005 version) was then translated into Japanese by my colleagues at the time. It received a lot of praise at the time from my Japanese colleagues. So, I have now created a revised version of the booklet with more up-to-date references and I believe it would be still a very popular resource for Japanese Teachers of English and their students.

「あなたの感覚は何色ですか」(WCAYS) は、日本の学生の国際社会探訪を手助けするためのガイドです。


*The Scottish Racism Project: research articles focusing on race relations in Scotland

The Scottish Racism Project shines a light on racial bigotry and xenophobia in the northernmost part of the UK. The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community in Scotland has always been small but steady growing, comprising 1.3% of the population in 1991, 2% in 2001, 4% in 2011 and currently stands at around 7% in 2020. The tenets of diversity, equality and inclusion however have not always come naturally to the wider Scottish community over the years.

The Scottish Racism Project does two things:
(1) take deep dives into the various ways racism has manifested itself up north, explore courses of action to remedy this, and look at how BAME communities can empower themselves in the face of adversity
(2) offer and find solidarity with BAME individuals who have shared real lives personal stories of racism and want the truth of their experiences to be known far and wide, often because the wider Scottish Press were uninterested when approached.

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