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Asian Nation: My life, my roots, my music

What's your story?

How has being British Asian influenced who you are?

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What makes up your identity? Is it where you and your family came from or where you are now that matters? What events in your lives have shaped who you are? Do British Asians have to reject their roots and 'sell out' to get on in life? Listen to programmes about identity and then send in your stories and comment on what you've heard below.

Asian Network Poll: Over a third of British Asians surveyed say they don’t feel British. Most computers will open this document automatically, but you may need Adobe Reader

BBC News: Many Asians 'do not feel British'

BBC News: 'I like Hollywood not Bollywood'

Out of Africa - Nerm uncovers the truth behind the East African Asian exodus. Don't Call Me Asian - More people are rejecting the term 'Asian'. The Real Brick Lane - Konnie Huq reveals the real story of British Bangladeshis.

Poem - Apples and Mangos

Mahmood Jamal

This is a poem I wrote years ago. Hope you enjoy it.

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Priya Jandu

Priya Jandu

I think British Asians today are losing their identity. They’'re losing the meaning of being an Asian basically losing their roots. It’'s easy for that to happen because you live in a British country and there’s pressure on you to fit in so you try to lose your roots. I think the term ‘British Asian’ is dying out and soon it’s going to just be ‘British’.

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Afreena Azaria Islam

Afreena Azaria Islam

I'm Afreena Azaria Islam, I'm 18 from Manchester, a student finishing college but I work part time. I also write for a local paper.

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Shikha Malhotra

Shikha Malhotra

Ma name is Shikha Malhotra I am 21 years old belong to a Indian family born and brought up in Belgium moved to India at the age of 18 for a year, then moved to Ireland for a year and 6months and from there finally ended up in London.

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Dee, London
I'm a born and bred Londoner first then a Gujarati Hindu. I'm a Londoner outside of the house and a Gujarati when I'm at home and with the community. Most of my friends are similar to me.

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