Young South Asian men growing up in Britain today live dramatically different lives from their parents and grandparents; post-war South Asian migrants came to Britain to seek better economic opportunities, to escape civil war and conflict, and to join already settled family. They faced significant discrimination, but also struggled for workers’ rights and civil rights, contributing significantly to the political, cultural, economic and social life of the country.
Globalisation and the decline of the Commonwealth mean that Britain is no longer the ‘land of opportunity’ it seemed to be 70 years ago. The background noise of global news, entertainment, and social networks mean that South Asian young men growing up in the country today face very different challenges to those of their older relatives. How do the new generations reconcile their parents’ heritage with their own experience?
This event, featuring Madani Younis, Creative Director of London’s Southbank Centre, Imran Hussain MP and writer Hussein Kesvani, discusses generation-gap politics and the current struggles of today’s South Asian British youth.