(EBOOK/EPUB) The Good Immigrant

The Good ImmigrantThe Good Immigrant is a collection of 21 essays by persons belonging to black Asian and ethnic minority communities of UKIn his editorial note Nikesh Shukla uotes Musa Okwona in his essay The Ungrateful country Society deems us bad immigrants job stealers benefit scroungers girlfriend thieves refugees until we cross over in their consciousness through popular culture winning races baking good cakes being conscientious doctors to become good immigrantsNikesh Shukla adds And we are so tired of that burden This is pretty much what the book is about The essays are honest and rom the heart The writers talk about how they really are and how the society A Fatal Debt: A Novel forces them to be something else or puts labels on them even when they are nothing like what the labels describe Read aull review here Much thanks to Unbound The White Ballets for a copy of the book All opinions are my own A reallyun and insightful look at what being a good immigrant is like in Britain today Not the doctors or dentists Just a regular bunch of people who live everyday lives but with a much higher standard put on them I laughed and despaired at the similar situations each of these writers experienced I recognised some of what was said but leant a lot of new things too Which is exactly how it should be I d highly recommend this book to anyone Especially if you re wanting to diversify your reading ind new authors and put your money towards a worthwhile publishing effort For some one who is a person of colour and an immigrant to boot I elt that the rhetoric here that of lives and narratives of BAME being marginalised came across slightly shriller than warranted Much of this can be blamed on the cohort of professionals rounded up to give their versions of the immigrant experience Being actors essayists published raconteurs novelists the heightened sensitivity to lived experience and then the talent to mine this into a performance of sorts either written or spoken means the chips on the shoulders here are bigger the posture and the affront excessive You only have to read Shukla s opening piece to eel this I probably would also have liked a narrative rom an immigrant professional who has made it or not made it in the adoptive nation but belongs to a different industry than mediapublishing and would treat linguisticcultural mis steps with a little than a sigh I do think that while Shukla s vigor has given the tone to this book s packaging and bumper sticker shout The Portable Guidance Counselor: Answers to the 284 Most Important Questions About Getting Into College for acknowledgement I am not entirely sure if we reuired these many essays to drive home the pleaor Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin filmed and written narratives to have the nuance and the complexity reservedor the mainstream White stories There are a air ew torchbearers of the newfound cultural police who are obsessed with authenticity and are out to wrangle all art creators imagination telling them who they should be writing as and who they should be imagining and who they should be casting in movies with millions at stake I caught a whiff of them in this book and I Bongology: n. The Art of Creating 35 of the World's Most Bongtastic Marijuana Ingestion Devices find them tiresome bores who can t imagine a world where people could be pigment blind when absorbing culture I probably would have liked an essay writtenrom a perspective of an end reader someone absorbing cultural products books Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism filmsashion with no agenda to Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas further one s career within the culture industry as it became a bit tiresome to read through so many clipped autobiographies melting into a series of audition grievances Not all of us readers are up in arms because of not being represented well inilmsbooks or being misappropriated I personally am interested in the way a narrative extracts universal truths and emotions After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry from its characters than their written or shot pigment appropriation Sometimes I scoff if I see anything misappropriated but I have an understanding thatrom a business point of view making exotic lavours and people palatable can be DONE BETTER IF DONE IN A better if done in a Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes fashion anathema to Shukla and his brigade here and that a person stereotyping me is insecure of having his own space encroached or parading his own lack of knowledge Yes I d be troubled if a decision maker who is my superior took an overt decision to disadvantage me based on the colour but I live in hope that the laws of the country would come to my rescue Clearly my skin thickness makes me not the ideal target audienceor this book While reading non White authors and this is attached to the second plea in the book to have a bigger market or writers rom Africasubcontinent who are ed up of being exoticised I am always reminded of Ben Okri s exuisite piece a ew years ago where he asked She Weeps Each Time You're Born for blackAfrican writers and I d extend this to all ethnic minority culture creators to wake uprom their mesmerism with the subject The subject being their skin pigment and the associated histories which has made all the discourse emanating the literature less varied less enjoyable and atally less enduring He reminded us of the great Aristotle *who claimed that The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but *claimed that The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but inward significance With countries like UK accepting immigrants or decades and decades or every story of someone being disadvantaged due to a stereotype there is a story of someone excelling Or someone going through both such experiences in alternation sometimes being elevated sometimes being underestimated or talents they are supposed to be having just because they belong to a certain ethnicity The whole picture is chaotic and made messy with reactions and estimations completely dependent on the reacting party is chaotic and made messy with reactions and estimations completely dependent on the reacting party level of education interest in culture and enthusiasm in confronting their prejudices To reduce this Tower of Babel to a monotonal high pitched affront is doing a disservice A Northern Light for those who have been accommodated who haveound love and acceptance and who are just grateful There are many other issues that get thrown into the air and I was rather surprised that almost all essays If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas from black authors were about their exasperation by the monolithic label black which then leads to them making it their mission to demonstrate the range and complexity of the black experience in the real worldMaybeor some balance and Shukla would hate this I also would have liked a ew perspectives rom mainstream White authors on their experience of dealing with key real life relationships with non Whites when they were Anne Perrys Christmas Crimes (Christmas Stories, forced to dismantle and confront their stereotypes or need toetishiseexoticise andor the private conflicts they ace when creating a non White character or milieuIn all while this litany of victimhood catalogue of misappropriation and petition or complexity contains within it a seed of genuine grievance it calls White Water for a patient editor who would have spread the net wider and gone a bit deeper This would have avoided the marked skewering in tone In its currentorm I recommend reading it with alternating absorption into slightly positive immigrant experience arcs within UK say the podcasts of the last decade s worth of Desert Island Discs where immigrants are the guests and revisit a life time of struggles in assimilating and appropriating themselves while The Slave Dancer finding their niche in their adoptive nation 475 White people debate it We live it MY NAME IS MY NAME Chimene Suleyman But tradition is an inescapable trait of our communities those who cannot rely on land or home. How does iteel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat. Ou however many generations you ve been here but still needs you Special Agent for its diversity monitoringormsThese beautiful powerful unapologetic essays collect twenty one universal experiences eelings of anger displacement defensiveness curiosity absurdity we look at death class microaggression popular culture access ree movement stake in society lingual The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History fracas masculinity and As with Nasty Women this essay collection was one I ve been eagerly anticipating to read And than ever especially in today s political climate is it important that these voices are being published and heard I definitely took my time to let each and everyone of these written pieces sink in So instead of beating around the bush I d like to next share some of myavorite top notch uotes rom The Good Immigrant Namaste by Nikesh Shukla Cultural misappropriation and language are important key ideas discussed in this introductory essay A comedian Kumail Nanjiani an avid gamer once expressed his delight that the Call of Duty series inally set a level in Karachi the city of his childhood now one of the top ten most dangerous cities in the world He was appalled on playing the game to see that all the street signs were in Arabic Not Urdu He talks about the effort put into making each A World on Fire follicle on each soldier s head stand out into making their boot laces bounce as they ran the millions spent developing this game and how at no point did anyone decide to Google the language of Pakistan A Guide to Being Black by Varaidzo An incredible discussion on being mixed race The world saw blackness in me before it saw anything else and operated around me with blackness in mindThere was a drama to blackness a certain swagger and verve an active way of experiencing and being experienced that mixedness could not accommodate one that I was committed to embodyingullyThere was one thing I d never considered about mixing red and yellow a drop of yellow into red paint won t do much to change the colour but one drop of red into yellow and the whole pot is tainted Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life for ever It s a treealling in a orest conundrum if a white kid raps all the lyrics to Gold Digger and there isn t a black person around to hear it is it still racist My Name Is My Name by Chimene Suleyman This whip smart written piece left me speechless in the best possible way It is there in the white men and women who do not understand to the point of rustration why we still walk with the noose of our ancestors around our necks as we cannot comprehend how they do not carry the indignity of their ancestors tying it there Forming Blackness Through a Screen by Reni Eddo Lodge To be an immigrant good or bad is about straddling two homes whilst knowing you don t really belong to either It is about both consuming versions of blackness digging around in history until you get confirmation that you were there whilst creating your own 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate for the present and theuture It is up to you to make your own version of blackness in any way you can trying on all the different versions altering them until they The Oxford New Greek Dictionary fit You Can t Say That Stories Have To Be About White People by Darren Chetty This essayrom a teacher s point of view about educating the kids in his class on seeing themselves represented in books was beyond powerful If you are a teacher try this with your class Ask them to write down their The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece favourite 25 children s book characters Then ask them to count how many of those characters are white and lookor other patterns too such as gender and disability If you re not a teacher ask any child you know Or maybe ask the staff in a bookshop to show you the picture books with a black boy or a mixed race girl or a Muslim child as the protagonist I tried this once and received a lot of help in searching The New Job Security from a clearly panicked shopkeeper but veryew books And I love that the WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign was brought up Airports and Auditions by Riz Ahmed Having Riz Ahmed eatured in here was such a pleasant surprise especially since I was already auatinted with his incredible way with words As a minority no sooner do you learn to polish and cherish one chip on your shoulder it s taken off you and swapped out or another The jewellery of your struggles is orever on your shoulder it s taken off you and swapped out or another The jewellery of your struggles is orever loan like the
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i Noor are intermittently handed this Necklace of labels to hang around your neck neither of your choosing nor making both constricting and decorativePart of the reason I became an actor was the promise that I might be able to help stretch these Necklaces and that the teenage version of myself might breathe a little easier as a result If the ilms I re enacted as a kid could humanise mutants and aliens maybe there was hope To Helvetica and Back for us Ieel this in my heart The Wife of a Terrorist by Miss L Miss L discusses the importance of seeing yourself reflected in media I mean it s supposedly Simple Art of Greatness fine to cast white actors in ethnic minority roles Angelina Jolie Emma Stone Mickey Rooney I could go on but the other way round There s chance of seeing Benedict Cumberbatch in the dole ueue This right here There are such connotations linked with being Middle Eastern that you generally can t play a role unless it has something to do with your race Sure I can play a doctor or a lawyer or a street cleaner but only if I m beingorced into an arranged marriage in the background or providing a cover up or my terrorist husband If there s some really daring casting then I might get to play a character that defies my *father s wishes if that happens then maybe I get to wear a nice dress and not *s wishes if that happens then maybe I get to wear a nice dress and not a hijab But very rarely do I get to play a role that isn t defined by the preconceptions made about the colour of my skin What We Talk About When We Talk About Tokenism by Bim Adewunmi Bim Adewunmi suggests that a pre reuisite to a debate on representation is the need to expose the lie behind universal experience to uote this article It appears clear to me that there is a gap in what people mean when they say things like we re all one race the human race and how they actually see the world The thing that means a person cannot imagine seeing a Asian man as a superhero you know that set of ictional beings with special powers is pretty much the same thing that makes a person cringe away rom eeling empathy A Burglar's Guide to the City for aictional dying black girl Rue played by Amandla Stenberg in The Hunger Games It leaks into the everyday too if you cannot bring yourself to imagine us as real rounded individuals with The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth feelings eual to your own on screen how does that affect your ability to do so when you encounter us on the street at your workplace in your bed in your life That last sentence speaks volumes This collection without a doubt articulated significant points that made me both see something I d previously not noticed and emphasize things I delt but not said to paraphrase Darren Chetty s essay However since I got stuck about halfway through and didn t get to read The Good Immigrant consecutively it made my reading experience a bit less grabbing towards the end All in all though this is a book set to linger with me long after I inish the last page A truly revolutionary read55 stars Note I m an Affiliate If you re interested in buying The Good Immigrant just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commission Support creators you love Buy a Coffee or nat bookspoils with Ko icombookspoil. E part you’re most itted to play is ‘wife of a terrorist’.