Early jazz queens; British Chinese women; Church of England; Parents with learning disabilities; ironing
As Stephen Poliakoff's new TV drama Dancing on the Edge hits our screens, Jenni Murray takes a look at the early jazz queens. Three generations of Chinese women compare life here and in China. Alex Huntesmith talks about being brought up by parents with learning disabilities. He's joined by his mum, Jill.
Early queens of jazz who wowed 1930's London
Parents with learning disabilities who have children
17 year old Alex Huntesmith is an A level student with an exceptionally high IQ and an ambition to get into Oxford University. He’s grown up with his parents and siblings in a settled home but his family is unusual: his mum and his dad both have learning difficulties. Alex and his mum, Jill, recently took part in a Woman’s Hour drama, ‘The Pursuit of Darleen Fyles’ starting next week. In it lead character Darleen, who has learning disabilities, faces resistance when she says she wants to have her own baby. Jill and Alex talk to Jenni about the drama and how their family works in real life.
Chinese women in Britain and China
On Sunday, a sixth of the world’s population will be celebrating Chinese New Year. It’s going to be the Year of the Snake which bodes well for the booming Chinese economy because, in Chinese culture, the snake is associated with business acumen and financial security. One third of China’s millionaires are women and the country also boasts seven out of the world's top 10 wealthiest self-made female billionaires. In Britain, the most successful students at GCSE are Chinese girls and Chinese women in the UK are twice as likely to be in professional jobs as their white British counterparts. So, why are Chinese women here and in China doing so well? Jenni is joined by three different generations of Chinese women. Helen Tse is from Manchester where she now runs an award winning Chinese restaurant and makes sauces that will shortly be on sale in China. Academic and architect Dr Yun Gao was born in China under Mao but has lived in the UK for the last twenty years and 26 year old Xixi Zheng grew up in China, has an MA from the University of London and is a multi-media journalist.
Monopoly; the iron runs out of steam..
Church of England Announcement
The Church of England has announced today that eight senior women clergy – deans and archdeacons, are to be allowed to sit in on meetings of the House of Bishops. They’re not allowed to be Bishops or to vote at the meetings they attend, so how significant a move is it? Jenni is joined by Robert Piggott; the BBC’s religious affairs correspondent.