The Good Immigrant

The Good Immigrant: 21 writers reflect on race in contemporary Britain

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, Politics
Paperback Published on: 04/05/2017
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The Good Immigrant
One of my favourite books and a great essay anthology
The Good Immigrant UK is a series of essays by BAME British writers, actors, comedians and other artists about their experiences being non-white and a UK r... READ MORE


You need to know this. Because of your skin tone, people will ask you where you’re from. If you tell them Bristol, they’ll where your parents are from. When they know you are half-Indian, one person will try to impress their knowledge of your culture on you.

How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport? Or be told that, as an actress, the part you're most fitted to play is 'wife of a terrorist'?

How does it feel to have words from your native language misused, misappropriated and used aggressively towards you?

How does it feel to hear a child of colour say in a classroom that stories can only be about white people? How does it feel to go 'home' to India when your home is really London?

What is it like to feel you always have to be an ambassador for your race?

How does it feel to always tick 'Other'?

Bringing together 21 exciting 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.

If I could, I’d push a copy of this through the letter box of every front door in Britain.’ – The Independent

  • Publisher: Unbound
  • ISBN: 9781783523955
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 191g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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The Good Immigrant
Literally everyone should read this book. I bought and read on kindle but wish I had a hard copy as it would be nice to flick back through to reread and r... READ MORE
Jenny Sadler
The Good Immigrant
Such an important book
Such a great collection of essays that are so insightful and incredibly important. I think everyone needs to read this.
Hannah Preece
The Good Immigrant
The Good Immigrant
A really interesting collection of perspectives from a range of immigrant groups about what it’s like to live in the UK in the 21st century.
Penny Merrett
The Good Immigrant
moving insight that i could relate to
This book provides clear and concise stories of peoples encounters of racism in britain. It has humourous moments in there too, which help explain awkward ... READ MORE
The Good Immigrant
So Important
The Good Immigrant is a collection of essays from Black, Brown, and other People of Color authors, writers, comedians, actors, etc. who all have immigrated... READ MORE
Courtney Bateman
The Good Immigrant
Sobering Insight into a world I did not (and likely still do not) understand
Some incredibly well written essays from some amazing humans. I laughed, cried, cringed, and sighed at behaviours and situations people who look like me (w... READ MORE