How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport? Or 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 be only 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 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 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 essays that are poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking, polemic, weary and - most importantly - real.
Track 1: 'Namaste' - Nikesh Shukla Track 2: 'A Guide to Being Black' - Varaidzo Track 3: 'My Name Is My Name' - Chimene Suleyman Track 4: 'Yellow' - Vera Chok Track 5: 'Kendo Nagasaki and Me' - Daniel York Loh Track 6: 'Window of Opportunity' - Himesh Patel Track 7: 'Is Nish Kumar a Confused Muslim?' - Nish Kumar Track 8: 'Forming Blackness Through a Screen' - Reni Eddo-Lodge Track 9: 'Beyond "Good" Immigrants' - Wei Ming Kam Track 10: '"You Can't Say That! Stories Have to Be About White people"' - Darren Chetty Track 11: 'On Going Home' - Kieran Yates Track 12: 'Flags' - Coco Khan Track 13: 'Cutting Through (on Black Barbershops and Masculinity)' - Inua Ellams Track 14: 'Wearing Where You're At: Immigration and UK Fashion' - Sabrina Mahfouz Track 15: 'Airports and Auditions' - Riz Ahmed Track 16: 'Perpetuating Casteism' - Sarah Sahim Track 17: 'Shade' - Salena Godden Track 18: 'The Wife of a Terrorist' - Miss L Track 19: 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Tokenism' - Bim Adewunmi Track 20: 'Death Is a Many-Headed Monster' - Vinay Patel Track 21: 'The Ungrateful Country' - Musa Okwonga.
Full list of narrators: Nikesh Shukla, Varaidzo, Chimene Suleyman, Vera Chok, Daniel York Loh, Himesh Patel, Nish Kumar, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Wei Ming Kam, Darren Chetty, Kieran Yates, Coco Khan, Inua Ellams, Sabrina Mahfouz, Riz Ahmed, Sarah Sahim, Salena Godden, Miss L, Bim Adewunmi, Vinay Patel and Musa Okwonga.
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Well written, balanced, enlightening
- Mr. Mns Ackbarally