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The good immigrant
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The good immigrant

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783523955

Publication Date: 4 May 2017

Subject: Social sciences

Suitable for: Secondary

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A collection of essays from 21 black, Asian and minority ethnic writers on what it is like to live in Britain.

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A collection of essays from 21 black, Asian and minority ethnic writers on what it is like to live in Britain.

How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport?
Or be told that, as an actress, the part you're most fitted to play is `wife of a terrorist'? How does it feel to have words from your native language misused, misappropriated and used aggressively towards you? How does it feel to hear a child of colour say in a classroom that stories can only be about white people? How does it feel to go `home' to India when your home is really London? What is it like to feel you always have to be an ambassador for your race? How does it feel to always tick `Other'?

Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, The Good Immigrant explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be `other' in a country that doesn't seem to want you, doesn't truly accept you - however many generations you've been here - but still needs you for its diversity monitoring forms.

Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants - job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees - until, by winning Olympic races or baking good cakes, or being conscientious doctors, they cross over and become good immigrants, editor Nikesh Shukla has compiled a collection of essays that are poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking, polemic, weary and - most importantly - real.

Category
NF
Subject
Social sciences
Dewey
920.008
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None
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4 May 2017
Edition
New in Paperback
ISBN
9781783523955
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Binding
Paperback
Pages
272
Width
129mm
Height
198mm
Weight
198g
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