Author: Riaz Khan
Dimensions: 198mm x 130mm
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In KHAN, the eponymous author describes the era when the British-born children of Asian immigrants began to cross-pollinate with working-class English kids. At odds with the strict Muslim values of his parents, he describes how his adoption of the soul-boy look of the 80s coincided with his acceptance into Leicester City FC’s hooligan ‘Baby Squad’. No longer a traditional ‘Paki’ – according to the racist parlance of the time – he and his fellow young Asians were the heralds of a hybrid youth culture.
Introduced to new Asian gangs such as the Wongs, Riaz, his brother Suf and their peers confound the old stereotype of Asians as passive and studious. In the environs of their multiracial football ‘firm’, they are truly at home; outside the tiny world of kick-offs and punch-ups, the author still sometimes finds himself labelled an alien – not only by skinhead BNP members but by his own family.
As Riaz Khan describes: “We were proud to be British and not Pakistani. I did not want to have an arranged marriage or go to weddings or religious ceremonies. But the community used to shun us for not being ‘ethnic’ enough…”
This is his story. This is a portrait of melting-pot Britain in the making…