Japanese and Chinese residents living in London are fighting plans to demolish a shopping mall that has served their needs for the last 13 years.

They say the move symbolizes the Far Eastern community's lack of influence in Britain when compared to other ethnic minorities.

Permission was recently granted by the Brent Council to demolish Oriental City in Colindale, northwest London. The mall attracts around 10,000 visitors a week with its range of 40 stores catering to those who have their origins in East Asia and Southeast Asia.

The center has a food court selling inexpensive meals from all over Asia, and shops selling Japanese and Chinese crafts and products for the home.