Reflections of a Second Generation Immigrant at Migration Museum

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01 October 2019

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What role does the corner shop have to play in the evolution of British attitudes towards immigration? BBC journalist and second generation immigrant Babita Sharma will be exploring these shifting ideas and landscapes in the UK with the launch of her first book, The Corner Shop.

During a Q&A and book signing session, Sharma will discuss the evolution of corner shops, from the general stores of the 20s to the immigrant-run corner shops of the 60s. She’ll also explore what it means to be a second-generation immigrant in Britain, including how and how the generational view on being an immigrant differs – and is at times at odds with – one another. Babita Sharma is a journalist, TV presenter and news anchor for the BBC.

She presents Newsday on BBC World News, and presented BBC Two’s Dangerous Borders: The Story of India & Pakistan which took Sharma to the India/Pakistan border 70 years after Partition. The Corner Shop is her first book, and follows her popular documentary Booze, Beans & Bhajis: The Story of the Corner Shop, broadcast on BBC Four, BBC News Channel and BBC World News. This event is part of Asia House Bagri Literature Festival 2019.