Monday, October 18, 2004

How Brown is White Britain?

I find it terribly relevant that this is actually a question being posed by the BBC in a magazine piece with the same title.

If you could measure integration of the UK's different peoples and cultures - how would you do it? For decades politicians and sociologists have talked about how Britain integrates its minority communities - but how much does integration go the other way? Asian culture is big in Britain at present. Asian beats and rhythms are in the charts - Britney Spears recently got herself some eastern riffs thanks to UK record producer Rishi Rich. And the Anglo-Bollywood, all-singing and dancing Bride and Prejudice, directed by Gurinder Chadha of Bend It Like Beckham fame, is proving a box office hit. But does this count as integration into Asian culture? Or does Britain want to go further than tucking into its modern national dish of chicken tikka masala?
Click here to read the full article. But don't get too excited. The article, while raising some important issues doesn't really, in my opinion anyway, come up with any groundbreaking conclusions.


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