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Wahida Shaffi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424105

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424105.001.0001

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Selina Ullah

Selina Ullah

Burning Ambitions

(p.133) Selina Ullah
Our stories, our lives
Wahida Shaffi
Policy Press

This chapter reviews the story of Selina Ullah, who was born and brought up in Manchester and who moved to Bradford when she was about 21. Selina's initial feeling about Bradford was that the contrast was very stark. It was predominantly Pakistani, but there were Bangladeshis there as well. Selina actually found it really difficult to live in Bradford, and she moved to Keighley, which was a much smaller place. After living there for 20 years, and after having her initial culture shock and her own prejudices and so on, she think she has come a long way. It seems that the difficulties that children face now – Islamophobia and continuing racism – need the same kind of collective response that was seen in the '70s and '80s. The current generation needs more confidence in themselves and their potential to be constructive members of their communities.

Keywords:   Selina Ullah, Manchester, Bradford, culture shock, Islamophobia, racism

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