Neil Biswas, the writer of Second Generation, a television series for Channel 4 in Britain riffs on all things British Asian in this interview with The Guardian.
Two years ago I started writing a two-part serial called Second Generation for Channel Four. I set it in east London around the Bengali community where I grew up. Inevitably, it has flashes of autobiography, but perhaps more importantly, it has stories – stories that I have seen, stories that I have heard, stories that I know and stories that I have made up knowing they could happen
Biswas seems scarred from watching too much Mind Your Language. He lashes out against the norm and the stereotypes, racisim and politics of modern England. His points, perhaps are a pointer for all global South Asians.
In the same way that politicians can’t bludgeon people into being more “British” by making them speak English at home, broadcasters can’t define “Asian-ness” by sticking to the same tabloid storylines that sensationalise Asian people. The truth is that there are many Asian communities, all of which have thousands of stories. None of them on their own can explain or encapsulate what it is to be Asian in Britain. There is no one answer. The definition, like us, is constantly evolving.
The show airs on September 14 and 15th. Perhaps you can watch it if you are in UK.