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British Asians, honestly do you feel more British or Asian? watch

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    British
    71
    41.52%
    Asian
    29
    16.96%
    Both
    52
    30.41%
    Undecided
    11
    6.43%
    None
    8
    4.68%

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    I feel more British when I go to India, and more Indian when I get back to England.

    British-Indian describes me best, a bit of both.
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    (Original post by neal95)
    English I am a conservative patriot I love this country I have a England flag outside my window during England games which will remain during the euros and i genuinely think many brown Asians especially Sikhs have an affinity towards England more so than India as many Sikhs feel alienated from India and the whole Hindu Muslim bedrock culture
    lol
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    Too brown for white
    Too white for brown

    Is honestly how I feel
    :lol: Pretty much this

    Overall, I'd say I feel more British. I consider myself an atheist, I don't really listen to Indian music (I dislike Bhangra, but I like some of the classic Hindi love songs), I don't like Bollywood movies, and my values and the way I behave do not go partically well with Indian culture. However, my parents are traditional Indians (so I was brought up in quite a traditional household), I can speak Punjabi fluently and some of my past experiences make me feel more Asian.
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    BBCD - British Born Confused Desi

    :rofl::rofl:

    But serious answer - probably both although leaning more towards British.
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    (Original post by sdotd)
    Typo my bad
    Anyone*
    It made sense before, now it doesn't.
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    when watching cricket, asian, anything else, british lol.
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    A bit of both tbh
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    Definitely British, the only thing I really like about my 'roots' is how incredible to food is (fish4eva), and picking up another language. I think the notion of patriotism is stupid, but Britain is so wonderfully diverse I have no problems identifying as such.
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    Apparently I'm a coconut so, British.
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    (Original post by SubZero~)
    Apparently I'm a coconut so, British.
    You nariyal!
    :rofl::rofl:
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    (Original post by nucdev)
    You nariyal!
    :rofl::rofl:
    Oh bhai! :rofl:
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    Mostly British, my views align more with British values, I read English books, know more about British history, speak much better English and have a far wider vocabulary than in Punjabi (although once upon a time I could speak punjabi perfectly...sadly forgot quite a bit of it, although still enough to hold conversations and be polite in Punjabi). I do love Indian food, and my parents are still rather traditional and without realising it I have adopted a lot of their traditional teachings (subconsciously, I don't even realise it).

    But to conclude, England is my home, home is where the heart is, I could never leave. I'm way too comfortable here. Also the rainy whether brings me joy.

    Overall I would say I feel more British.
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    (Original post by SubZero~)
    Apparently I'm a coconut so, British.
    I've been told this! I disagree, I am certainly not!
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    Too brown for white
    Too white for brown

    Is honestly how I feel
    I do actually understand this! Sometimes it feels like you can't fit in anywhere.

    I feel like this!!

    I don't fit into the Indian-Sikh community in my area, I can't fit into the rather white dominated social groups at school.

    I don't fit in anywhere, then again, I'm fine with being alone so it's alright...

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    Asian indian neighbours arguing every night.
    Cannot sleep

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    Neither, I don't feel British because I'm not white. I'll never be accepted fully imo. Despite being born here, I've always felt like I'm living in someone else's country.

    But I don't feel Asian either because the culture is so alien to me. I have very little in common with your average Indian except my colour and my second language. I've always felt like an outsider in the Indian community.

    I feel like I'm stuck in an ethnic limbo, where neither identities apply to me.
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    (Original post by Zargabaath)
    Neither, I don't feel British because I'm not white. I'll never be accepted fully imo. Despite being born here, I've always felt like I'm living in someone else's country.

    But I don't feel Asian either because the culture is so alien to me. I have very little in common with your average Indian except my colour and my second language. I've always felt like an outsider in the Indian community.

    I feel like I'm stuck in an ethnic limbo, where neither identities apply to me.

    Imo that makes it your home! The reason I don't feel like your latter statement is because India doesn't feel like home!

    Y'knowww?
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    Asian.
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    I wouldn't say any of these poll options is right for me, as I don't consider "British" or "Asian" as separate identities to be relevant to me: I see "British Asian" not as a combination of the two, but an entirely new, distinctive concept. It's not about being "both", the idea of uniting two supposedly contradictory identities, but about something else entirely. I'm different from, and have thoroughly different experiences from, white British people, or indeed black British people, but I also differ from people born and raised in any part of Asia.

    I don't see any fundamental conflict in my identity. I try not to define "British" as speaking English or being "western" (whatever that may mean), nor do I define Asianness simply in terms of speaking a certain language, liking certain food or music or film. I just am. I just exist.

    Admittedly, it took me a long time to get to this point. I went through a horrible identity crisis a few years ago and couldn't work out who or what I was, nor where I belonged. I didn't feel part of Britain and a disastrous trip to India didn't help. It took living in a totally different country to help me feel at peace with my identity.
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    (Original post by TheonlyMrsHolmes)
    Imo that makes it your home! The reason I don't feel like your latter statement is because India doesn't feel like home!

    Y'knowww?
    I suppose it feels more homely then anywhere else, but doesn't feel like home.
    I definitely don't feel like India's my home I mean even my parents weren't born there, but for me for me it feels like Britain is a country that adopted me because she didn't have any choice. I'm still imensely greatful to live here, don't get me wrong.
 
 
 
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