Freya Aitken-Turff: tackling pandemic-related racism in London's Chinatown
Freya Aitken-Turff (CF 2017) from London is the CEO of China Exchange, a cultural charity based in the capital’s Chinatown. In December 2020, Freya received a Covid-19 Action Fund grant for a 12-month project that facilitated discussions about the impact of pandemic-linked racism on Chinatown.
This is her second Action Fund grant. She will use it to develop the project by identifying ways to normalise talking about Covid-related hate crime within London’s Chinatown. This will involve recruiting and training an additional six project volunteers who will record the stories and experiences of 36 people who work in or visit Chinatown regularly, in a creative medium chosen by the volunteers. This creative medium will then be shared to raise awareness and strengthen understanding of the societal racism faced by Chinatown’s communities. Freya hopes that this will contribute to a safer and more resilient space in London.
Freya’s Fellowship to Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and the USA in 2017 explored perspectives on Chinatown's economic, cultural and social prospects. It was supported by The Linbury Trust.