I was born in the Indian subcontinent but grew up here in Britain. As my parents are first generation Asians, I was raised ‘fully Asian’- there was nothing diluted about my cultural experience at home. (For my American readers, here in the UK, people of Indian descent are known as “Asian”, rather than referring to those from China and the Far East.)
From values and religion to food, dress, discipline; everything was straight from the motherland. My parents were keen to preserve in us everything that they grew up with, culturally speaking. But of course, growing up in Britain and going through the education system meant that my everyday experiences and influences were British.
Today, I find myself occupying this curious identity known as “British Asian”. This sort of dual-identity has given me the unique experience of dipping in and out of cultures, and I often find that I never fully belong to either. I do often pick and choose the best bits of both and leave the bits I don’t like or agree with. Yes, it is that simple.
When I’m not talking about social issues or other big topics I’m a wife and a mum; I do pilates, not to be trendy but because without it my back suffers; I love nail art and John Grisham novels; Supernoodles are my comfort food. And I’m partial to a bit of good-bad TV….Kardashians anyone?
British Asian Woman x