Racism, prejudice and cultural stereotypes in British Asian fiction
Tan, Ivan Lye Hwee
Date of Issue2016-05-04
College of Humanities, Arts, 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