Writer Nikesh Shukla has launched an anthology about race and immigration titled The Good Immigrant on crowd-funding site Unbound.
Intended to “make a positive and vital contribution to the national debate", The Good Immigrant will feature 15 emerging British black, Asian and minority ethnic writers, poets, journalists and artists including Himesh Patel, Bim Adewunmi, Chimene Suleyman, Vinay Patel, Musa Okwonga and Kieran Yates.
The essays will "paint a picture of what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that wants you, doesn’t want you, doesn’t accept you, needs you for its equality monitoring forms and would prefer you if you won a major reality show competition" and will explore “why we come here, why we stay, what it means for our identity if we’re mixed race, where our place is in the world if we’re unwelcome in the UK, and what effects this has on the education system. By examining popular culture, family, profession and the arts, we will be looking at diversity and questioning what this concept even means anymore.”
The project launched on Unbound today (1st December) and is currently 21% funded.
Shukla is the author of Coconut Unlimited (Quartet), The Time Machine (Galley Beggar) and Meatspace (The Friday Project).