Black and Asian Studies Association

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The Black and Asian Studies Association (BASA) was set up in London in 1991. Until October 1997 it was known as the Association for the Study of African Caribbean and Asian Culture and History In Britain (ASACACHIB).

The Association was set up to foster research and to provide information on the history of Black peoples in Britain. Founder members include Marika Sherwood and Hakim Adi. This has been done through a triannual Newsletter and an annual conference. They have also worked with local organisations to highlight the Black Presence in British society.[1]

BASA has lobbied government departments[2] and quangoes, such as:

Other work involves specific projects with other organisations, including:

  • CASBAH: a pilot website providing research resources relating to Caribbean Studies and the history of Black and Asian peoples in the UK.
  • The National Archives' website on the history of Black peoples in Britain since the mid-16th century.[4]

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