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The Good Immigrant af Nikesh Shukla
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The Good Immigrant (original 2016; udgave 2016)

af Nikesh Shukla (Forfatter)

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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 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.… (mere)
Medlem:ldepp
Titel:The Good Immigrant
Forfattere:Nikesh Shukla (Forfatter)
Info:Unbound (2016), 272 pages
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The Good Immigrant: 21 Writers Explore What It Means to be Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic in Britain Today af Nikesh Shukla (Editor) (2016)

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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 leafed through it, it opened to an essay by Nish Kumar, a comedian whose work I enjoy, and his comedic voice really came through. The pieces vary in style: poetic, journalistic, academic, and personal. Some are challenging to follow -- there were sentences I had to read multiple times because they were based in theory unfamiliar to me -- and more of it is emotionally tough. It's also just eye opening -- there are aspects of the immigrant and minority experiences in Britain that I was entirely unaware of. Several of the essays were so good that I went seeking out other books by the writers -- I've marked some of those as "want to read" here.

Highly recommended. ( )
  AmphipodGirl | May 23, 2021 |
A collection of 21 essays about the British immigrant experience published in 2016. Naturally the essays are varied in tone and outlook, offering opinions that are sometimes annoying and/or conflicting, which properly reflects the variety of experience, but does weaken the overall impact of the book. However many of the essays are amusing, educational or both.
Some of the opinions offered in the essays in this book read as made by economic migrants, who talk of “the language of their homeland” perhaps as any immigrant does, but also “the language of the coloniser”, which doesn’t seem right when you are living in the country of the historic “coloniser”, with all British, of all classes, being homogenised as colonisers for these purposes.
Overall, I found the book interesting, occasionally illuminating, but somewhat disappointing. ( )
  CarltonC | Jan 7, 2021 |
Shelving this for now because I'm finding that I just can't handle more reading about the immigrant experience after each day in which the news punches me in the face with my own outsiderness and how unsafe that makes me feel when the country I'm in is back to hating people like us.

It's a pity, because the five or so essays I've read so far have ranged from good to excellent. They wrestle a lot with what it's like to be in that grey area between first- and second- generation immigrant: a territory I know well having myself moved to Britain as a small child, and to the US as a student.

Based on the subset I've read, I do recommend this collection really strongly to anyone who wants to understand what that experience is like. I guess I'm finding it hard to stomach because I'm still living it, and that's a sign of how well these essays hit the mark.
1 stem eldang | Sep 18, 2019 |
Shelving this for now because I'm finding that I just can't handle more reading about the immigrant experience after each day in which the news punches me in the face with my own outsiderness and how unsafe that makes me feel when the country I'm in is back to hating people like us.

It's a pity, because the five or so essays I've read so far have ranged from good to excellent. They wrestle a lot with what it's like to be in that grey area between first- and second- generation immigrant: a territory I know well having myself moved to Britain as a small child, and to the US as a student.

Based on the subset I've read, I do recommend this collection really strongly to anyone who wants to understand what that experience is like. I guess I'm finding it hard to stomach because I'm still living it, and that's a sign of how well these essays hit the mark.
  eldang | Aug 11, 2019 |
Each of the essays in this collection was written by a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) writer currently living in the UK, the majority of whom earn their living in the arts or journalism
One of the first things I noticed was a great deal of diversity in tone, style and subject matter between the essays and indeed some contradictions. Somewhat counter intuitively this gave an overall sense of cohesion – assuming one of the underlying themes is the danger of assuming such a thing as a single immigrant voice and experience.

Whilst I took something from each included work, including those that covered topics I knew nothing about (fashion, the impact of the caste system, professional wrestling for example) there were a few absolute stand out essays for me.

For beautiful and powerful writing I’d particularly recommend “The Guide to Being Black” by Varaidzo whose reflections on perceptions of her mixed-race I found to be very moving. “My Name is My Name” by Chimene Suleyman was both lyrical and raw. (I must confess after reading this one I stopped to buy her book of poetry!) Salena Godden’s “Shade” managed to be both angry and optimistic and stylistically was some of the best writing I have read this year.

As a vociferous reader who happens to have a history degree I found Reni Eddo -Lodge’s observations of the white washing of British history and the preference we still have to teach instead an Afro-American history an uncomfortable yet important read. Darren Chetty’s “You Can’t Say That” reflecting on primary school children’s sense of identity in fiction and how much further we still need to go with publishing diverse literature was compelling and written from a place of real insight and authority.

And finally for powerful messages delivered with wry humour Riz Ahmed’s reflections on “Airports and Auditions” is the pick of the pack. ( )
1 stem itchyfeetreader | May 3, 2018 |
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The Good Immigrant, a collection of essays about black and ethnic minority experience and identity in Britain today, is inconsistent, infuriating, uncomfortable and just occasionally insulting. It is also right to be every one of those things, and highly recommended.
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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 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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