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Asian Nation: My life, my roots, my music

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Does being British Asian affect your wealth and attitude to money?

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Are British Asians too materialistic? With Asian rich lists being published by all and sundry is making money the new religion for young British Asians today. Should we be ashamed or celebrating our 'bling bling' culture?

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Behind The Bling - Is the British-Asian love affair with 22-carat gold coming to an end? Young And Minted: Millionaires By 30 - British Asian millionaires and attitudes to money.

Suliman Ali

Suliman Ali

Suliman Ali from Oldham believes that young British-Asians are becoming too materialistic.

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Suraj Joshi

Suraj Joshi

Suraj Joshi's family lost everything when they came to the UK. He reveals how it's affected him.

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Jayesh Patel, Frankfurt, Germany
Materialism comes with affluence. Not all Asians are affluent, British Indians are more likely to be affluent than British Pakistani's or British Bangladeshi's. Affluence is not something that should be frowned upon, it is derived from hard work and taking calculated risks to better one’s life. As the populace in India and China gain a larger middle-class with a larger disposable income, we are seeing that our motherland’s are also changing and finding “no shame” in spending money and acquiring assets, why should we (Indians especially) hinder our own progress by worrying about poorer British Asian’s of other national backgrounds. Britain’s economy is being kept afloat by those risk-taking entrepreneurial types who refuse to work for others and are their own boss, and accept the responsibility and pressure that comes with that. We are going to be competing with four billion souls in Asia for finite resources and high asset classes, we cannot start looking back and thinking that chasing wealth and assets is something that should be frowned upon.

Priti, Leicester
I know when my parents first came to this country they lived through a lot of hardship - we get things to easy now and spend money too casually. Young Asians want too much designer stuff and so I think that we are becoming too materialistic.



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