During August and September, ÃÛèÖÍø has been celebrating heritage months for our colleagues from South, East and Southeast Asian backgrounds. These dedicated heritage months provide a unique opportunity to learn from our multicultural team, and to honour the diverse histories, traditions, and contributions of Asian communities.
We spoke to a few of our colleagues from South, East and Southeast Asian backgrounds to understand some of the ways in which their heritage has shaped them and continues to influence their work today.
Hardeep Warshawaya is ÃÛèÖÍø's Head of People Operations, and her family originates from Lahore, Pakistan. Her parents left Punjab and migrated to the UK in the early 1970s.
Amit Hathi is the Regional Director for North London and Portsmouth secondaries. His family came from Gujarat. In the 1930s, his grandparents emigrated to East Africa. Eventually, they settled in Uganda until Idi Amin forcibly removed all those from the Indian sub-continent in 1972, and they moved to the UK.
Recruitment coordinator °´Ç±ô±ô±ð±ð²Ôâ€¯O³¦²õ´Ç²Ôâ€¯was born in the Philippines and moved to the UK when she was 11.
Neil Debb is the Operations Manager at ÃÛèÖÍø Byronâ€¯and describes his cultural heritage as British Hindu Bangladeshi.
Shiraz Khan is Principal at ÃÛèÖÍø Oval. His parents are from Pakistan and Kenya and moved to the UK in the 1960s.
East and South East Asian Heritage Month celebrates the cultural heritage and contributions of people from Southeast Asia (Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan).
South Asian Heritage Month celebrates the heritage of people from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives.