He is an 18 year-old boy with a body that every guy would dream for, but he has experienced that which no one would ever wish for.
Parents take their children to school in order to get to know the kinds of people their children play with; do they really know what is really happening to their child at school?
Lewis Wong, 18, an A-level student studying in Worksop, had had an experience in his childhood which he will never forget.
Although he was born in the UK and speaks perfect English like the others, he was treated differently. Because of his skin colour and size, he was always bullied and getting all sorts of verbal abuse such as ‘chinky’ or ‘chippy boy’ in primary and the early days of secondary school.
He hide his negative feelings from everyone even his family, but even if he opened up to his parents, due to general communication problems, his parents cannot really do anything to help out. He thus decided to train himself to become a strong and muscular individual to prevent people hurting him again.
“I want to grow bigger then I would be able to fight back,” he said.
Research from the University of Leeds pointed out that children of Chinese descent frequently reported bullying, racist abuse and physical violence experiences at school together with a sense of isolation. But many of their parents could not and did not communicate with the school staff mainly due to their disadvantages of speaking English.
A government-funded report from the Monitoring Group looked into levels of racism experienced by members of the UK Chinese community. It found perpetrators can be as young as 10, with their behaviour often dismissed as ‘a bit of fun’.
Leslie Tang, 19, also a British born Chinese, received similar treatments as Lewis in the past. He had been isolated from his schoolmates and verbally and physically abused.
He said: “Even when I think about it now, I still don’t understand why I got that kind of treatment, I have done nothing wrong.”
His parents did attempt to complain and argue with the teachers, but nothing actually happened to help him out of the situation. He is hoping that schools can pay more attention to it instead of treating it as a minor problem.
“Schools should look at this problem seriously.” he added.
From Lewis’ viewpoint, racism and bullying will always be a problem. However, he would not let his next generation face what he had been through. He said he will get his children to do sports and training to protect them from being bullied.
By Nacchi Ma
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