In 21 essays by black, asian and minority ethnic writers. In these essays about race and immigration, they paint a picture of what it means to be other in a country that wants you, doesnt want you, doesnt accept you, needs you for its equality monitoring forms and. Published by crowdfunding on unbound, it was chosen as book of the week on radio 4 and has since become a bestseller the book itself collects 20 essays by different people on their experience of being an ethnic minority in the uk today. For me the good immigrant was a sitdownandlisten book. The good immigrant brings together twenty emerging british bame writers, poets, journalists and artists to confront this issue.
The good immigrant crowned britains favourite book of. The good immigrant is a book about how stereotypes divide us, about surviving and thriving or trying to in a society that loves talking about diversity, but remains threatened by it. The good immigrant is a reminder of why britain is at its best when it lifts the burden of the bad immigrant and why it loses so much when it lets it grow new statesman book description awardwinning writer nikesh shukla gathers twenty british black, asian and minority ethnic writers and artists to reflect on race, immigration and being other in great britain. The good immigrant is a sequel of sorts to a book of the same name published in the u. Zadie smith the stories are sometimes funny, sometimes. Tv and radio appearances include bbc newsnight, bbc, and lbc. From trumps proposed border wall and travel ban to the marching. The original version of the good immigrant was published in the uk in 2016, and contained stories about immigration and race from writers of color based in the uk. News about the good immigrant, nikesh shuklas shed. Instead of statistics and dogma we find real human experience and impassioned argument and its funny and moving, too. 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. In doing so, the authors disavow the fear driving bigotry and domestic terrorism in. Guardian must read books of 2019 the strength of this collection is in its diversity of gender, sexuality, privilege. Immigrants needed to tell their story and tell it better.
It touches some good points of history and the present that we live in. In these fifteen essays about race and immigration, they paint a picture of what it means to be other in a country that wants you, doesnt want you, doesnt accept you, needs you for its equality monitoring forms and would prefer you if you won a major reality show competition. Sometimes this is a good way to read a book, other times it isnt. It is a collection of 25 essays by black, asian and ethnic minority communities in britain referred to there as bame. The good immigrant is that rarest of beasts, a truly necessary book. After the success of the good immigrant edited by nikesh shukla 2016, which explores the black, asian, and minority ethnic bame immigrant experience in the united kingdom, shukla and contributor chimene sulyeman then shifted the focus to the united states. The good immigrant has been voted as the british publics favourite book of 2016 at the books are my bag readers awards over 50,000 people. The good immigrant by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, troubling and uplifting, these electric essays come together to create a provocative, conversationsparking, multivocal portrait of modern america the washington post.
The good immigrant, i think, does a superb job of keeping alive the need for and importance of antiracist thinking. Having heard about the good immigrant on the radio, id done some research and found that the book itself has an inspiring backstory. On a winters night in nottingham, nikesh shukla came in from the cold to talk to a group of mostly white but clearly sympathetic people about his new book of essays the good immigrant. After reading the good immigrant back in 2016, i was excited to hear about this sister volume, the good immigrant usa, published in spring this year. Bilal qureshi is a culture writer and radio journalist whose work has appeared in the washington post, the new york times and newsweek. While other works have studied why the united states enacted exclusionary racebased immigration laws, hsu focuses on the exceptionsthe relatively welltodo chinese who entered the united states under an exempt status as merchants, diplomats, and students. Utvandrarna the emigrants, invandrarna the immigrants, nybyggarna the settlers and sista brevet till sverige the last letter to sweden. Both collections feature a range of essays from immigrants to these countries talking about their own experiences and challenging stereotypes, but for me at least. The good immigrant, which is a collection of essays on what it means to be other in the uk today, had been on my list for some time before i finally read it. Musa okwonga, the poet, journalist and essayist whose powerful the ungrateful country closes the book, once said to me that the biggest burden facing people of colour in this country is that society deems us bad immigrants jobstealers, benefitscroungers, girlfriendthieves, refugees until we cross over in their consciousness, through popular culture, winning races, baking good cakes, being. Both collections feature a range of essays from immigrants to these countries talking about their own experiences and challenging stereotypes, but for me at least, the two books have a very different feel.
The good immigrant flips the rampant hostparasite paradigm within mainstream us immigration discourse. How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threa. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. I certainly recommend it to all readers, it is an important book that is part love letter to the u. The good immigrant is a culmination of the current political moment and a natural extension of. Im not usually an essaycollection reader but the subject matter of these two books was so up my street i just had to read them. In the good immigrant, new americans grapple with their. You made the the good immigrant movement happen by supporting the original crowdfunder. I wanted to gobble up each essay in rapid succession. Or be told that, as an actress, the part youre most fitted to play is wife of a terrori. In this video i go through the 3 best ideas i found from the book the good immigrant edited by nikesh shukla. The result was the anthology the good immigrant usa. Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugeesuntil, 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.
I totally recommend it, please read it, youll learn a lot. In their introduction the books editors, nikesh shukla and chimene suleyman, write. The good immigrants is a critically important book that analyzes u. Equally essential is this second good anthology, which collects essays by first and secondgeneration immigrants to the usa, in which they explore what its like to be an other in an increasingly divided nation. Celebrating reading and the 100 novels that have shaped our world. The emigrants 1949 unto a good land 1952 the settlers 1956 the last letter home 1959 the swedish titles are. K, part venting and it also a discussion of how everyone can move forward in the future with less prejudice and more understanding. The good immigrant is a collection of 26 essays by a wonderful group of artists whose one connection is that they are immigrants, or children of immigrants to the us. How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, stripsearched at every airport. And weve been hard at work since, using the book to make positive change in the publishng industry and in the world. Her poetry collection, outside looking on, was included in the guardians best books of 2014 list.
The good immigrant is packed with eyeopening stories, emotional writing and humorous anecdotes. The good immigrant brings together twenty emerging british bame writers. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, troubling and uplifting, these electric essays come together to create a provocative, conversationsparking, multivocal portrait of modern america the washington post. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the good immigrant. 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. The essays are by turns eyeopening, poignant, funny and occasionally depressing, but all were well written and highly readable. This week sees the release of a brand new collection of essays.
A ccording to its editor nikesh shukla, the good immigrant is a document of what it means to be a person of colour in britain today. Download the good immigrant full ebook by nikesh shukla. A very welcome book, instructive in a political climate which undermines inclusivity and encourages denigration of the other. The good immigrant brings together fifteen emerging british black, asian and minority ethnic writers, poets, journalists and artists. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. The good immigrant tales of rejection, alienation and. The good immigrant by nikesh shukla little, brown and company. The good immigrant is a really excellent collection of essays written by a variety of black, asian and minority ethnic writers about the immigrant experience in britain today. The good immigrant is a reminder of why britain is at its best when it lifts the burden of the bad immigrant and why it loses so much when it lets it grow new statesman book description awardwinning writer nikesh shukla gathers twenty british black, asian and minority ethnic writers and artists to reflect on race, immigration and being. The good immigrant usa, edited by nikesh shukla and chimene suleyman, is the american followup to shuklas previous edited collection, the good immigrant, which focused on britain. Random house presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of the good immigrant, read by the authors. An urgent collection of essays by first and secondgeneration i. The good immigrant is a culmination of the current political moment and a natural extension of the ongoing work to integrate american publishing. The title was a response to the narrative that immigrants are.15 554 1364 123 389 1445 1053 1386 1171 860 1096 326 1325 1296 185 235 18 995 260 240 259 1174 390 1215 272 388 248 243 938 280 1475 582 1155 1188 1253 1339 1204 1355 1338 32 347 109 561 554 517 321 1270 984