The conference had two main purposes: to explore the characteristics of the Asian dimension in British public policy and to focus on the degree to which a common policy agenda could be identified in terms of policy-relevant research and practice.
The conference was a timely opportunity to reassess policy and practice relating to the 1.2 million Asians in Britain. Internal heterogeneity, variations in outlook and contrasting patterns of integration were examined, as well as the role of ethnic identity, generation, socio-economic status, education and civic values in terms of their implications for a range of policy spheres.
Dr Avtar Brah, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Birkbeck College, University of London
Prof. Michael Chan, Visiting Professor of Ethnic Health, University of Liverpool
Charles Landry, Director, Comedia
Dr Shamit Saggar, Senior Lecturer in Government, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
John Singh, Educational Consultant and former HMI
Jatinder Verma, Director, Tara Arts Group
Dr Satnam Virdee, Fellor, Policy Studies Institute
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