‘Don’t call me BAME’: Why some people are rejecting the term

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“”Don’t worry, you’ll do well because you’re BAME,””BAME is the new trend,””Everyone is looking for a BAME actor to add to their books.””

When 24-year-old Nicole Miners first heard the term – which stands for black, Asian and minority ethnic – she was at drama school.

“Being a British East Asian actor, or just a person, this was something that really aggravated me,” she says.

“The ‘A’ in ‘BAME’ means Asian, which, in itself, is a very broad term. Does it mean ‘South Asian’, ‘East Asian’, ‘South East Asian’, ‘Indian’, ‘Pakistani’, ‘Chinese’, ‘Thai’, ‘Vietnamese’? The list goes on.

“It misleads people into thinking that everyone who isn’t white English should come under the term ‘BAME’. And on top of that, I’m mixed, which, for me, is even more confusing.”

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Nicole Miners

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‘I have a typical English name, but I don’t look white English… so I have to explain I’m half English and half Chinese,’ says Nicole

The initialism – and the acronym, “Bame” – has been growing in…

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