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UncoverED exhibition launch

Join us at the UncoverED exhibition launch on 31 January 2019 in the Chrystal Macmillan building. Come along to preview the exhibition before its official opening in February. Here you …

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Primary source material – ‘The world came to Scotland!’ – Kesaveloo Goonam

Primary source material reproduced from Kesaveloo Goonarathnum Naidoo, Coolie Doctor (Hyperbad, 1991) I was absorbed in the great melee of young people from all parts of the world – every …

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Kole Omotoso: ‘The floor of the night club was divided into two halves’

A year before graduating with a PhD in Arabic literature, Edinburgh-based Kole Omotoso published a semi-autobiographical novel, The Edifice, about a Nigerian literature PhD student, living in a British university …

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1967 – The Labour Government introduce differential fees for “foreign” students for the first time.

[Perraton, A History of Foreign Students in Britain]

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Primary source material – ‘His appearance, his colour and his race were against him’

Primary source material reproduced from Arthur Cecil Alport, The House of Curious: The Odyssey of a Father and Son, Etc. (London, 1937), pp. 64; 71-73. Studying medicine during the first five years …

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Primary source material – ‘The cold or rather insulting attitude of their white fellow brothers and sisters’ – The Student

Primary source material reproduced from KAMJI, ‘Colour-bar in Theory or in Practice?’, The Student, 1937 On my asking the two Indian students who returned early from the Christmas Revels, held …

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Primary source material – I had expected to see tartan kilts… I was miserably disappointed’ – Lay Toon

Primary source material reproduced from Lay Toon, ‘A Chinaman’s Letter Home’, The Student (special edition), 07/03/1928 On my arrival in the Scottish capital I had expected to see tartan kilts, …

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1927 – Students of colour are banned from bars and restaurants in Edinburgh, sparking international outrage.

A delegation of African, Indian and Caribbean students together meets the Lord Provost in protest. Another future ANC president AB Xuma also graduates.

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1921 – The Chinese Student – the “Official Organ of the Edinburgh Chinese Students’ Union” – is launched.

[The Chinese Student, 1:1 (June 1921)]

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Primary source material – ‘Sir PC Ray’s Speech in the Edinburgh Indian Association’

Primary source material reproduced from ‘Sir PC Ray’s Speech in the Edinburgh Indian Association’, Amrita Bazar Patrika, 13/11/1920 Our distinguished countryman Sir PC Ray is now in Edinburgh on what …

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