As Manchester and the greater surrounding area continues to come to terms with the impact of coronavirus, the city has launched The Blossom Awards in an effort to celebrate the achievements of the city’s British Chinese people, as well as their contributions in supporting the city during this difficult time.
Nominations for various awards have now opened, each ranging from achievements in business, community, science and the creative arts. The awards have been founded by the UK’s first MP of Chinese heritage; Alan Mak.
Speaking to Manchester Evening News he said, “We must shine a light on their endeavours and successes, so that British-Chinese people are recognised for more than the clichéd image of quiet hard work. Instead, we must change perceptions and present a more accurate picture of the British-Chinese community as it is today: a modern community of diverse talents whose contributions to our national life are varied and valued. The Blossom Awards (is) a new initiative to celebrate the work of brilliant individuals from the British-Chinese community.”
Mr Mak also aims to recognise the efforts of front-line NHS workers, teachers and those serving in our armed forces. “Away from the limelight, these unsung heroes are our teachers inspiring the next generation, our entrepreneurs creating new jobs, our NHS staff caring for the sick, our budding film makers looking for their big break, and our patriotic Armed Forces personnel keeping our country safe.”