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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading, 31 Oct 2013
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This review is from: A Home From Home: From Immigrant Boy to English Man (Paperback)
Alagiah, a journalist, writes very, very clearly and gets to the centre of issues very precisely. This is a first rate book if you are interested in how immigrants experience living in England. It is self-reflective (Alagiah is very privileged, most immigrants are poor) so there is also the dimension of experiences differentiated by status and origin. In particular, it is an analysis of issues surrounding the way multi-culturalism has been implemented (by both left and right), in ways which ensure continuing segregation of immigrant groups . . . and so some sense as well of how long the process of "becoming English" can be (generational).

I read this just after finishing "Maps for Lost Lovers", which could be set in Bradford. The interesting thing is Alagiah's own discussion of how Pakistani immigrants in Bradford came to reproduce their own rural culture and how this interacted with a less than enthusiastic welcome in the city.

This is a first rate critique of "immigration/race relations" policy in England. The position he sets out is contentious -- in the context of the conventional wisdom about multi-culturalism, and it should be read by all, just to get behind the way the English have constructed their (unquestioned) conventional wisdom.
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