Racism, prejudice and cultural stereotypes in British Asian fiction
Tan, Ivan Lye Hwee
Date of Issue2016
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
In much of British Asian fiction, racism, prejudice and cultural stereotypes are recurring issues that feature prominently. A question worth asking then, is, why is this the case, and what implications does this have? In this essay, I will examine several texts, namely Meera Syal’s Anita and Me, Monica Ali’s Brick Lane and Timothy Mo’s Sour Sweet. In doing so, I will attempt to show that the texts concede, consciously or otherwise, that racism, prejudice and cultural stereotyping are inseparable from the immigrant experience. Having said so, I will also argue that these texts are not overly pessimistic even though they recognize and deal with these complex issues. Instead, they contain silver linings of a hope for the future that a critical reader can glean upon deeper analysis.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University