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This is a unique and varied collection of writings, spread over a half century, on wide-ranging subjects under the banner of a child of the British Empire. On its metropolitan home front, the Empire is of course long gone, with little left by way of folk memory. While it does not figure in our national conversation much, its legacy still lives on in many forms. More to the point, its historical significance is now being increasingly invoked and revived by writers with an immigrant background. This selective compilation falls into that genre. It is not a fictional narrative of a singular journey from out there to here, as it were, but rather a kaleidoscopic overview of the postcolonial movement into Britain of the East African (EA) Asians from a variety of historical, legal and cultural perspectives. This is encompassed in a mix of articles, magazine columns and other material and in the numerous letters in The Times and other newspapers. All these deal with different aspects of the whole EA Asian and indeed global migration phenomenon. Buried in there are snippets of the author's own trajectory from birth in colonial Kenya to eventual settlement in the UK. The texts also delve into his broad hinterland through an eclectic array of book and film reviews, blogs, travelogues and academic papers. Empire's Child provides a fascinating glimpse into the making of Britain's multicultural society.

This is a unique and varied collection of writings, spread over a half century, on wide-ranging subjects under the banner of a child of the British Empire. On its metropolitan home front, the Empire is of course long gone, with little left by way of folk memory. While it does not figure in our national conversation much, its legacy still lives on in many forms. More to the point, its historical significance is now being increasingly invoked and revived by writers with an immigrant background. This selective compilation falls into that genre. It is not a fictional narrative of a singular journey from out there to here, as it were, but rather a kaleidoscopic overview of the postcolonial movement into Britain of the East African (EA) Asians from a variety of historical, legal and cultural perspectives. This is encompassed in a mix of articles, magazine columns and other material and in the numerous letters in The Times and other newspapers. All these deal with different aspects of the whole EA Asian and indeed global migration phenomenon. Buried in there are snippets of the author's own trajectory from birth in colonial Kenya to eventual settlement in the UK. The texts also delve into his broad hinterland through an eclectic array of book and film reviews, blogs, travelogues and academic papers. Empire's Child provides a fascinating glimpse into the making of Britain's multicultural society.


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