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Babita Sharma: Reflections of a Second Generation Immigrant


Oct 1, 2019 - Oct 1, 2019


Asia House,
63 New Cavendish Street, W1G 7LP


Tuesday 1 October 2019 | 6.45pm–9pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
£10 adult/£8 concession/ Free for students – book via Eventbrite

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

BBC journalist Babita Sharma is a second generation immigrant who was raised in her parent’s corner shop in Reading. Her book The Corner Shop 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.

Join us for a talk as part of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2019, as Sharma explores the evolving place of the cornershop in the UK and examines wider British attitudes towards immigration and how these have continued to change. She will also discuss second generation immigrant identity and how the generational view on being an immigrant differs – and is at times at odds with – one another.

This event will include an audience Q&A and book signing.

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About Babita Sharma

Babita Sharma is a journalist, TV presenter and news anchor for the BBC. She presents Newsday on BBC World News, covering major global news events including the Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore, the EU Referendum, the Rio Olympics and the award-winning BBC 100 Women series. Passionate about diversity and mental health issues, Sharma mentors BAME journalists and also works with the charity Mind.

Sharma presented BBC Two’s Dangerous Borders: The Story of India & Pakistan. The documentary series took Sharma to the India/Pakistan border 70 years after Partition, following in the footsteps of her family who were directly affected. The Corner Shop is her first book. It follows her critically acclaimed documentary Booze, Beans & Bhajis: The Story of the Corner Shop, broadcast on BBC Four, BBC News Channel and BBC World News.

About the Asia House Bagri Literature Festival 2019

Back for its 13th year running, the Festival is bringing some of the biggest names and rising stars from the written word together for a celebration of Asian literature.

Taking place from September to November 2019, the UK’s only pan-Asian literature festival presents words, stories and ideas from Asia and the diaspora. From live performances to public talks and animated discussions, the festival will celebrate Asia – a region that we define as running from Turkey to Tokyo – in all its glory.