Diversity, Inclusion & Representation in London

Did anyone go to the NABS BAME speed networking event this evening?

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Because I got a story. I was going to share this on Facebook, but perhaps this is a better audience. --- When you're at a BAME (Black Asian Multi-ethnic) industry event, and one of the mentors from your company looks at you and say, "Oh, we work at the same company? Haven't we met before?" You're like, "No," and she's like, "Are you sure?" And you shake your head again, this time more firmly, "No, we haven't." There needs to be more East Asians in the ad industry here in London. More East Asian faces = less confusion of whether you've met an East Asian woman like me before. I felt so uncomfortable at that moment. Here I was, surrounded by BAME people, and this white (or at least white passing) person turned to me and almost confused me for another person who works in our company. I don't know what to call it - unconscious bias? Basic ignorance? - but goddamn, for this to happen smack dab in the middle of a BAME networking event... I can't get away from it no matter where I go. 🙄 --- That's all. 🙂👋

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Because I got a story. I was going to share this on Facebook, but perhaps this is a better audience. --- When you're at a BAME (Black Asian Multi-ethnic) industry event, and one of the mentors from your company looks at you and say, "Oh, we work at the same company? Haven't we met before?" You're like, "No," and she's like, "Are you sure?" And you shake your head again, this time more firmly, "No, we haven't." There needs to be more East Asians in the ad industry here in London. More East Asian faces = less confusion of whether you've met an East Asian woman like me before. I felt so uncomfortable at that moment. Here I was, surrounded by BAME people, and this white (or at least white passing) person turned to me and almost confused me for another person who works in our company. I don't know what to call it - unconscious bias? Basic ignorance? - but goddamn, for this to happen smack dab in the middle of a BAME networking event... I can't get away from it no matter where I go. 🙄 --- That's all. 🙂👋

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Oh man! Yeah I went to that OP. That is tragic irony right there. I totally agree! What did you think of the night overall?

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