The Good Immigrant

The Good Immigrant

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 141 x 222 x 23mm | 404g
  • Unbound Digital
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781783522958
  • 61,472

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"We should recognise both the courage that has been shown in producing these essays and the contradictions that necessarily exist across them ⦠The Good Immigrant helps to open up a much-needed space of unflinching dialogue about race and racism in the UK"
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'We should recognise the courage that has been shown in producing these essays . . . Helps to open up a much-needed space of unflinching dialogue about race and racism in the UK' Sandeep Parmar, Guardian
'If I could, I'd push a copy of this through the letter box of every front door in Britain' Independent
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About Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is the author of two novels: Coconut Unlimited (Quartet Books), which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011, and Meatspace (The Friday Project). He has been writer in residence for BBC Asian Network and Royal Festival Hall. His Channel 4 Comedy Lab episode 'Kabadasses' aired on television in 2011, and in 2014 he co-wrote the award-winning short film Two Dosas.
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