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To what extent has there been the development of new ethnic identities such as Black British or British/Asian?

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To what extent has there been the development of new ethnic identities such as Black British or British/Asian? When referring to British Asians, the majority of us often fall into the trap of understanding the Asians referred to are linked to the Indian Subcontinent, i.e. India, Pakistan etc. What we tend to forget is that Asians are associated with a number of different countries and with Asia being the largest continent in the world, what exactly is meant by the term 'British Asians?' Generally, here in Britain, they are perceived to be the 'brown' kind and are often associated with the Indian subcontinent. This may seem like a genuine error, but colloquially speaking we have come to accept this fact and refer to it commonly without thought. Such examples can be seen in various places where we tend to overlook the deeper article. A radical example can be seen in perhaps the way we describe 'Hoovers', we all know that the correct term is 'Vacuum Cleaner' however we use Hoover and the rest of us know what is being referred to is actually a 'Vacuum Cleaner'. In not so many words the British Asian community has been innocently branded to mean those people that are British and associated with the Indian Subcontinent i.e. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and perhaps in extreme cases neighbouring countries such as Burma and Iran. ...read more.


Magazines and newspapers have been launched satisfying the growing thirst for this newly emerging Asian culture, examples include the Asian Eye, Asian Woman, Asian Bride and The Asian, amongst a whole multitude of others. It seems almost impossible to escape. It is apparent that a wealth of Asian artefacts have infiltrated successfully into mainstream society and its entertainment field. This may be the best place to break into, as it is exposure at its best. It represents Asians and highlights how Britain is a multicultural society. The Home Office released a report on Ethnic Minorities in London in 1997 and had estimated that if Asian culture and population was to continue to increase at the rate that it was going at now, then by the year 2010 there would be a majority Asian and Black population and the so called native 'whites' would form only a minority. Judging by the rate of increase, one could argue that this statement that was produced may hold a real firm basis and foothold when considering the facts. But who is responsible for such a change? Well it seems that the British Government has had a firm hand in the promotion and the change that has been allowed to come about in the British Asian community and it seems that the British Asian community owes a lot to the Government that has funded many projects and schemes that allow the community in concern to broaden and get more comfortable in their surroundings. ...read more.


faiths, but some would argue that Muslims have taken the 'extra mine' and have established themselves more than the other Sub-Indian continent faiths have (a matter which is open to all sorts of argument). Many Islamic groups have hit the streets as well as the homes and mosques. They have created a trend that tells other young British Asian Muslims that it is 'the thing to do' and that it provides more for the individual than what is being portrayed in the evening on BBC 2's Asian Programs. It has now become custom for many Muslim Youths to go to the mosques with friends and attend a multitude of religious seminars and lectures that give them an insight and educate them further into their faith. It seems that the British Asian community has increased and that to a great extent in many areas. To see the impact on individuals and how they have generally changed would just be skimming the surface. With the emergence and continual growth of Asian community and it's fertile culture it seems that nothing is impossible and many seeds are set to grow and germinate into other areas of interest that will be concerned with the Asian community in Britain. A trend has started and the continuation of such trends seems inevitable, to analyse the situation and see the extent of what it has done, one can only argue that the sky's the limit. 1 ...read more.

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