Immigration of small numbers of South Asians to England began with the arrival of the East India Company to the Indian subcontinent in the 17th century. Indians came to Britain, for educational or economic reasons, during the British Raj , with most returning to India after a few months or years,  and in greater numbers as the Indian independence movement led to the partition of , eventually creating the separate countries of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The most significant wave of Asian immigration to and settlement in the United Kingdom came following World War II , the breakup of the British Empire and the independence of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and later Bangladesh, especially during the s and s. An influx of Asian immigrants also took place following the expulsion or flight of Indian communities then holders of British passports from the newly independent Uganda , Kenya and Tanzania in the early s. This usage contrasts to that in the United States , where it is used to refer to people of East Asian origin.
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Why People Who Know Better Still Laugh at Asian Accents - VICE
Bonne visite! Foreign accents acted by Anglophone actors are a ubiquitous but politically and theoretically problematic feature of many audiovisual productions in the English-speaking world. This paper investigates the use of Tswana and Japanese accents in two BBC productions as acts of audiovisual translation AVT which are illustrative of a more general problematic of Western representations of non-Western languages and cultures. It argues that the phonological features of speech, which are classified as accents, divide the community of native speakers into different social groups and that they create and maintain boundaries between native and non-native speakers. Language discrimination is recognised by the BBC as a problem in relation to its domestic audience and the Corporation actively attempts to become more inclusive and representative of British society by broadcasting non-standard accents. On the other hand, when representing foreign, and especially post-colonial and non-Western languages and cultures, accent is used to define the boundary between the native English-speaking community and its outside. In natural speech situations, accents tell our interlocutors who we are.
Why People Who Know Better Still Laugh at Asian Accents
She was obviously proud of the cinematic masterpiece I had whipped up on Windows Movie Maker during the school holidays, and like any proud parent, wanted to share it with everyone she knew. But instead of gushing praise, her colleagues, most of them white, seemed to only comment on only one thing — my accent. He still sounds pretty Aussie. Of course I reacted with indignation when my mum told me. To me, sounding Asian meant sounding like my parents, or worse, sounding like one of those late s Asian Youtubers when they impersonated their parents.
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