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Jack and Zena: A True Story of Love and Danger Hardcover – 25 Sep 1997
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Jack and Zena loved each other, but Zena was a Muslim, whose family believed in arranged marriage. This is the true story of their flight and search for happiness, in the face of indifference from the police, DSS and Victim Support and the murderous threat of a bounty hunter.
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other biik called runaways, it was stated as repeated from this book, I think
its just a way of making a few rupees.
Conversational style makes this book easy to read. It is a shocking account of intolerance extreme racism under the guise of religious culture. This true story happens right under our noses in England. It describes abuse of society's tolerance by the immigrant community directed against their own daughter who happens to love someone outside their culture. The machinery of government, law enforcement, and social support totally fails Jack and Zena. If the majority host community acted this way they would be condemned, hauled before the courts and thrown in the slammer. "Jack & Zena" shows that racism cuts both ways, but, our Politically Correct system only safeguards one way.
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This is the first time I have ever read about an asian woman dating outside of her race. I have never even seen an asian woman with a white or black man despite the fact that I live in an asian community, and I had never really thought about it until reading this. It's true it's just not accepted. An asian man can date outside of his race, and I have seen this. The women usually denounce their religion and become muslim, but this would never be accepted from a white or black male westerner wishing to marry a muslim woman.
The asian women in my neighborhood cover their hair, never go to the public pool with their children, and generally stay in the house. It's a sad life really. When I do get to talk to them they always act nervous and in a hurry, so when I read stories like this it makes me worry for them.
One little girl my daughter plays with was laughing one day and when I asked her what was so funny she said that one of those muslim men was beating his wife up. I told her it's not funny and that if she ever sees it again to go call the police. It's things like this that make it hard for me not to worry about these women.
There is good and bad in every group, and there are some really nice (also nice looking, lol) asian men here in my neighborhood. I don't want to come off as I think every muslim man is an abusive pig and all muslim women are victims because that's not true at all. Even muslim men can be the victims of honour crimes. It's a terrifying culteral practice that the asian community needs to bring to an end. They shouldn't be judging eachother so much and they should be more open to letting their children choose who they love and want to marry.