The Good Immigrant

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Nikesh Shukla
Unbound Publishing, Sep 22, 2016 - Social Science - 272 pages

How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport?

Or to 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.

 

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Very interesting essays that give insight into the problems people of color face in the UK. Some are a bit heavy-handed, but most are well-written and argued. Read full review

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This is a collection of writings by immigrants and other people of color living in Britain (often grouped as BAME -- Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic). I bought it because when I picked it up and ... Read full review

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Contents

About the authors
A GUIDE TO BEING BLACK
YELLOW
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
FORMING BLACKNESS THROUGH A SCREEN
YOU CANT SAY THAT STORIES HAVE TO BE ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE
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About the author (2016)

Nikesh Shukla is an author and screenwriter. He is author of The One Who Wrote Destiny, Meatspace and the Costa First Novel Award-shortlisted Coconut Unlimited. He has also written two YA novels: Run, Riot was shortlisted for a National Book Award and The Boxer was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He is the co-founder of literary journal The Good Journal and the Good Literary Agency. His most recent book, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home, was published by Bluebird in 2021.

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