Making of Mr. Hai's Daughter

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Virago, Mar 5, 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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Review: The Making Of Mr Hai's Daughter: Becoming British

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About Asian Muslims, living in Britain. It says it all. If you belong to any of these categories, the book might be worth reading. To me, "The Brick Lane" by Zadie Smith explored the subject of becoming British better, although it was just a novel. Read full review

Review: The Making Of Mr Hai's Daughter: Becoming British

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Really good. Written by a British Muslim. Yasmin Hai writes about growing up as a muslim in Britain before all the problems and grapples to comprehend why it all changed,very articulate and comprehensive..and funny. Read full review

About the author (2009)

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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