A whole month of programming dedicated to the Asian experience in the UK, and a chance for untold stories to be heard. It suggested that Kashmiri Pakistani families have unsuccessfully integrated into British society, with two of the main reasons offered by the show being their laziness and love for quick cash. It was praised by some The Guardian gave it four stars but it was criticised by others for blaming Asian communities almost exclusively instead of looking outward at the structural hurdles that still exist for Asian people in cities such as Bradford. Shows included The Poles Are Coming! American society, I feel, is incredibly segregated and actually the myth they export about themselves is this kind of melting pot, this cultural melting pot, where black guys, white guys, east-Asian guys and Latinos are all fighting aliens side by side It just so happens this myth has more space to cast people like me.
Exploring identity among young British Asian men
Was the BBC's Big British Asian Summer a success? | Television & radio | The Guardian
Immigration of small numbers of South Asians to England began with the arrival of the East India Company to the Indian subcontinent in the 17th century. Indians came to Britain, for educational or economic reasons, during the British Raj , with most returning to India after a few months or years,  and in greater numbers as the Indian independence movement led to the partition of , eventually creating the separate countries of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The most significant wave of Asian immigration to and settlement in the United Kingdom came following World War II , the breakup of the British Empire and the independence of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and later Bangladesh, especially during the s and s. An influx of Asian immigrants also took place following the expulsion or flight of Indian communities then holders of British passports from the newly independent Uganda , Kenya and Tanzania in the early s. This usage contrasts to that in the United States , where it is used to refer to people of East Asian origin. The United Kingdom Census was the first to include a question on ethnicity apart from in Northern Ireland, where the question was not asked until The question had tick-boxes for "Indian", "Pakistani" and "Bangladeshi".
Was the BBC's Big British Asian Summer a success?
Enter Autograph studios in London and more than twenty faces will meet your gaze. These men wear Adidas hoodies over shalwar kameez, they eat fish and chips after prayer, they pluck their eyebrows and box in beanies. They are vulnerable, curled up and asleep; they are stylish and rebellious, hanging out of car windows; they are just like all other young British boys, playing football on the pavement. Hussain, like some other emerging artists, engages in creating a space for Islam and Britishness to co-exist by mixing some aspects of Asian and Western heritage together. And by doing so, his photographs showcase British Asian Muslim males in a light that the mainstream media generally ignores.
Since making the jump, Hussain has been the creative force behind You Get Me? Hip-hop, particularly — which talks about poverty, hopelessness and the struggles of life — gives them a sense of collective belonging in western society. But the phrase embodies it all. It can be aggressive, but it expresses a glimmer of vulnerability and uncertainty too. Do you understand me?