New book explores ethnic diversity in Wales

The University of South Wales is hosting the launch of a newly republished book by University of Wales Press, which explores the multicultural nature of Wales.

‘A tolerant nation? Exploring ethnic diversity in Wales’, first published 2003, brought together multi-disciplinary research and reflections on the multicultural nature of Wales and its contemporary significance.

The newly published version of the book has been updated and new chapters have been added which reflect the impact of the devolution of policy in Wales. A number of the chapters have been written by current and former academics at the University of South Wales. This includes:

  • Roiyah Saltus, ‘Extending the parameters of social policy research for a multi-cultural Wales’
  • Glenn Jordan, ‘Changing the archive: history and memory of cultural politics in multi-ethnic Wales’
  • Jane Aaron, ‘Welsh writing and English as slaughter and salvation: Welsh missionary activists and British imperialism’
  • Paul Chambers, ‘Religious diversity’

Dr Roiyah Saltus, Principal Research Fellow for the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales, said:

“This event will give the contributors an opportunity to discuss their chapters, and for participants to shape the critical conversations necessary to move forward the debate. Over a decade since the original publication, the updated book offers perspectives from historians, sociologists, cultural analysts and social policy experts. They will be brought together with research and policy communities and university-based researchers to explore what steps need to be taken in policy and practice.

An event to mark the launch of the book is being held on 22 October, during Black History Month, at the ATRiuM in Cardiff.

Vaughan Gething, AM and Deputy Minister for Health, will welcome participants to the event. A number of workshops will be held to look at the challenges and opportunities for ethnic diversity in Wales.

The free event is open to all members of the public. This includes groups or organisations which provide services to ethnic minorities, are working to empower individuals, groups and organisations or are addressing race inequality within the context of a wider social justice and equalities agenda in Wales. 

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