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) are people of Chinese – particularly Han Chinese – ancestry who reside in the United Kingdom, constituting the second or third-largest group of overseas Chinese in Europe apart from the Chinese diaspora in France and the overseas Chinese community in Russia.
The British Chinese community is thought to be the oldest Chinese community in Western Europe, with the first Chinese immigrants having come from the ports of Tianjin and Shanghai in the early-nineteenth century to settle in port cities such as Liverpool. Most British Chinese are descended from people who were themselves overseas Chinese when they first arrived in the UK.
There are also many activities of interest to new generations and the community at large, such as women's groups, health talks, day trips, cookery sessions, English-language classes, and IT training courses.
Other activities include a family show in Trafalgar Square with dragon and lion dances and traditional and contemporary Chinese arts by performers from both London and China.Dimsum is a media organisation which also aims to raise awareness of the cultural issues that the Chinese community face.The Chinese Information and Advice Centre supports disadvantaged people of Chinese ethnic origin in the UK.He worked for The Board of Excise at Dundas House, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh for 40 years, beginning as a servant to the clerks and retiring as Senior Accountant.He was involved in a significant naturalisation law case and for two years, until the first decision was over-turned on appeal, was legally deemed a naturalised Scotsman.