Performing British Hybridity: Fix Up and Fragile Land

In: Reconstructing Hybridity

This article considers the negotiation of hybrid cultural identities by Black Britons and British Asians in two plays: Fix Up by actor and writer Kwame Kwei-Armah and Fragile Land by British Asian writer Tanika Gupta. Fix-Up discusses the search for historical roots and Black identity in an era where these longed-for certainties have become destabilised and contested. Fix Up considers the negotiation of a hybrid identity for Black Britons across several generations, social classes and backgrounds: first-generation Jamaican immigrants Brother Kiyi (owner of Fix Up, a Black consciousness bookshop) and his friend Norma; British-born Black militant Kwesi and Alice, a British-born mixed-race woman. Fragile Land explores how dual heritages are negotiated by young British Asians caught in the conflict between cultural allegiances. Fragile Land centres upon teenage second-generation, British-born Asians whose identity formation is complicated by inter-generational conflicts, but – more significantly – by a sense of being ‘in-between,’ neither British nor Asian.

Reconstructing Hybridity

Post-Colonial Studies in Transition

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