British South Asian Voices (Online)

  • Event Start: 21st October 2020, 8:00pm
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British South Asian Voices : Overcoming ‘The Good Immigrant’

The unique British South Asian experience is lauded throughout British popular culture in series such as Goodness Gracious Me and films including Bend It Like Beckham.  Yet behind these caricatures lies a darker reality that immigrants, regardless of generation, continue to be targeted with a pervasive sense of ‘otherness’.  While some groups, such as British Indians, are often hailed as the ‘model minority’ on account of their contribution to the country, others are ostracised for their alleged failure to assimilate.  On an individual level, a desire to maintain links to one’s heritage and to balance the British and Asian aspects in one’s identity can take its toll.  How can one’s religion and culture interact with a fierce ‘Britishness’, without one undermining the other?  Is it possible to overcome ‘The Good Immigrant’?  Can the multicultural ideal be fulfilled?

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  • Ahir Shah  :  Stand-up comedian, nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2017 and 2018.  He has featured in Have I Got News For You, Live At The Apollo, and The Mash Report
  • Lord Indarjit Singh of Wimbledon CBE  :  Journalist and broadcaster, known as an interfaith activist and contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for The Day
  • Yasmin Alibhai-Brown  :  Journalist, author, and columnist.  She is a well-known commentator on diversity issues, and a founding member of British Muslims for Secular Democracy