Mike Hedges AM for Swansea East, Rebecca Evans AM for Gower and Julie James AM for Swansea West are calling on constituents from the Welsh-Chinese community to put themselves forward for a new award designed to recognise their achievements and contributions to national life.
Nominations are now open for The Blossom Awards which aim to identify high achievers from the Welsh-Chinese and British-Chinese Community across the country in a range of fields from science and the creative industries to business and voluntary work.
The Awards aim to recognise unsung heroes like teachers, NHS staff and charity leaders, and those who have achieved success in professional fields like engineering, technology and business.
The Blossom Awards are the first ever accolades focused exclusively on the Welsh-Chinese Community – one of the largest and most established ethnic minority groups in Wales.
Whilst first generation Chinese immigrants typically worked in takeaways and restaurants, second and third generations, many of whom who were born or grew up in Wales, have flourished in a broad range of fields and make an outstanding contribution to our area and to national life beyond the traditional stereotypes.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “Welsh-Chinese people are doing inspirational work in communities across our area and across Wales, and the Blossom Awards shine a light on their success and contribution.”
Mike Hedges AM stated that: “The Blossom Awards are supported by leading businesses and organisations with a commitment to diversity and promoting the success of Welsh - Chinese people.”
Julie James AM said: “From business and the arts to science and the charity sector, the Awards enable Welsh-Chinese people to challenge outdated perceptions about their identity. Please encourage a friend, family member, neighbour or colleague who deserves recognition to nominate themselves.”
The Awards do not receive any funding from local or central Government or from any public body or charity in the UK — or from any foreign government, state-backed enterprise or agency.
Nominations are now open and close on Friday 12 June 2020 and must be submitted online: www.TheBlossomAwards.org.uk
Award Winners will be invited to a ceremony in central London in late October 2020.
The 12 categories open for nominations are:
2. Environment & Sustainability
4. Business & Professions
5. Engineering & Science
6. Public Service
7. Culture, Music & the Arts
8. Community & Charity
9. Young Achiever (under 30)
10. Food & Hospitality
11. Technology & Digital
12. Media & Creative Industries