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Babita Sharma: Generations Apart? Reflections of a Second Generation Immigrant

BBC journalist Babita Sharma joins the #AsiaLitFest with her book 'The Corner Shop'.

This event was held in partnership with the Migration Museum.

'Britain is a nation of shopkeepers, and the story of corner shops is the story of who we are.'


Asia House was thrilled to welcome BBC journalist Babita Sharma with her book 'The Corner Shop', which provides an insight into how these shops mirrored the shifting British landscape - from the general stores of the first half of the 20th century to the reimagined corner shops run by immigrants from India, East Africa and Eastern Europe starting from the 60s.


In conversation with writer and editor Kavita A. Jindal, Sharma explored the evolving place of the corner shop in the UK and examined wider British attitudes towards immigration and how these have continued to change. Second generation immigrant identity and the difference in generation views on being an immigrant was also widely discussed during the event.


Couldn't join us on the day? Watch the full event and a behind-the-scenes interview below.




Check out the rest of the Festival programme here and join the conversation online using the hashtag #AsiaLitFest.

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