Today’s Christmas Gift Countdown is another book I’m very much looking forward to reading over the Christmas period: The Good Immigrant
I was introduced to this book as it has been contributed too by one of my oldest friends husbands (oldest because i’ve know her since I was 5!)
One of the things that bring me great comfort in today’s uncertain political climate, and near constant global conflict, is the fact that voices can’t be silenced and that the bad is more often than not, balanced with truth, honesty and most importantly awareness.
Editor Nikesh Shukla has brought together 21 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.
Obviously a must read.