The Making of Mr Hai's Daughter

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Virago, 2009 - Children of immigrants - 334 pages
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Mr Hai arrived in London in 1964. But, while becoming British via a passport had been relatively easy, becoming English was something to be studied - and then passed on, first to his wife, newly arrived from Pakistan, and then to his children. No more speaking Urdu, no more long plaits, no shalwar kameezes, and - even though they were Muslim - no more religion. Mr Hai put his family firmly on the road to assimilation, and his first-born daughter Yasmin was his star pupil. However, being second-generation British Asian was not quite so simple . . . especially as their Muslim community was about to go through some very profound changes and challenges.

Brilliantly told, with intelligence and humour and passion, this is a fascinating story about immigration and identity, about religion and roots, and about a daughter's understanding of her father.

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Yasmin Hai was born in North London in 1970 where she continues to live. She is a current affairs journalist and documentary producer/director. Her television work includes BBC's Newsnight programme as well as award winning documentaries for Channel 4.

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