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Asian Britain: A Photographic History

Asian Britain vividly charts Britain's process of coming to terms with the historic realities of its culturally diverse past and present. This extraordinary photographic history draws upon culture, film, music, the military, business, the suffragist movement and the different phases of historic settlement of Asian migrants from the subcontinent, the Caribbean and East Africa. Personalities from the arts, business, politics and sport appear alongside the pioneers - the first female law student at Oxford, the first Indian RAF pilots, the first Asian MP - and of equal significance are the experiences and history of the ordinary migrants who made Britain home.

Published by the Westbourne Press, the project team drew on a wealth of visual materials from project partners, the British Library and the archives of Getty Images. Furthermore, local archive collections and pictures from private individuals also feature and help to open a window on Britain’s mixed cultural past and its relevance for today. See the publisher's website for more information.

The book was launched in Autumn 2013. For further information see our Events page.

Asian Britain Launch Pictures

Beyond the Frame: Indian British Connections was funded by the AHRC (2011-12)

Arts & Humanities Research Council
The British Library
British Council

Asian Britain in the News

Project director Susheila Nasta was interviewed by BBC London News to discuss Asian Britain. Take a look at the interview online

The Guardian Online wrote of Asian Britain, and how 'Britain's Asian past is longer than you might think'. Check out the Guardian's Online Gallery.

The Daily Mail online also featured the photographic history. See the article 'Real-life East is East' here.

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