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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a well-known journalist and political commentator specialising in multiculturalism.

She is frequently called upon for TV programmes including BBC's Question Time.

Is there such a thing as a national identity any more?What does national identity mean in an era of multiracial culture?

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is one of Britain’s most important commentators on multiculturalism: in her book "Exotic England" she describes ‘a curious nation’ that has developed thanks to its long history of immigration.

Promiscuous England:

The English have been typecast as imperial snobs, rulebound, repressed, class-ridden, prejudiced – their racism cuts and scars.But reel through their long history to now and you find they can be passionate, wanton, infinitely curious and open. More so than hot-blooded Mediterranean and Eastern peoples, or the other UK tribes. Their national dish is curry and their saint is from Syria, with skin as brown as mine.That story needs to be reclaimed and told, most of all to those who are drawn to UKIP and narrow nationalism.

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Exotic England:

"England," she says, "is uniquely susceptible to Eastern civilisations," In this talk, Yasmin tells the hidden stories of forgotten individuals.England is a small country, but its inhabitants have always been unusually curious about the rest of the world. From Warren Hastings, first Governor-General of Bengal, who opposed missionary activities in India, proclaiming his love for that country as being greater than that ...

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