Dr. Md. Sajidul Islam
Department of English
Aligarh Muslim University
Hanif Kureishi is a second generation immigrant Englishman born of an English mother and Indian-Pakistani-Muslim father. His works mirror the condition of Britain of the last three-four decades which is marked by rapid and radical socio-cultural changes. After 1945 (World War II) Britain started losing her colonies. Colonialism ended with the political independence of the colonies. However, the legacy of colonialism was here to stay and have a far reaching influence not only on the former colonies but also on Britain. From the 1950s onwards, a large number of people moved from parts of the Caribbean, South East Asia, Africa and other parts of the world and settled in Britain’s urban areas. This influx of immigrants has changed the face of British society and culture in profound ways. In the initial years there was an implicit understanding on the part of the new immigrant population and the host communities that within two or three generations the immigrants whose language and culture appeared alien to the host communities would have acquired a level of the English language and would no longer seem out of place. However, that did not happen. What was in the making was a status of hybridity of different degrees. The present paper attempts to explore this hybridity in cultural, racial and ethnic terms in Hanif Kureishi’s novel The Buddha of Sururbia.
Key Words: Immigrants; ethnicity; race; culture; hybridity