INTER-GENERATIONAL EXPERIENCES

Worries about the future care of older members of the community were matched with concern for the well-being of younger generations.

”I want to stand up for my children…but I made them aware so they could stand up for themselves.”
Anon, Trinidad.

Interviewees anticipated change among the next generations:

“…They don't know any different...and maybe that's a good thing because part of us always felt we never belonged...whereas I think for them, they just feel Britain as their country, even though prejudice might occur, they might know they're different, they don't have that extra, thinking this is not my country.”
Anon, of Goan descent.

 Younger interviewees commented on the differences they already observed: 

“…it was a lot harder. Stuff they would've put up with and tolerated and wouldn't have questioned we would. Absolutely we would because we feel we're very much a part of this community in this country, so if we felt there was any injustice against us we would have a very different reaction…”
Miss Randhawa, daughter of Mrs Randhawa.

Past lives in unknown countries can however be difficult to imagine:

“… we do the talking to the young people to tell them…how we come here…but the young people aren't interested about that…they was born in here... when we talk about life in Vietnam…they wouldn't understand…sometimes they don't believe as well.”
Mrs Ly, who arrived in the UK in 1980, having fled Vietnam in a small boat.   

Curiosities may emerge later:

“…they feel they are more British than Chinese, or Vietnamese but when they getting older and older they start feeling where they belong to? Where the root from? Where their parents from? From Vietnam or from China? I think that's very normal way for people…” Mrs Ly, who co-ordinates the Chinese and Vietnamese Well-being Support Club in Bexleyheath.

Journeys ‘back home’ may be made, leading to unexpected discoveries:

 “…it's quite funny because…if you go back to a village where my grandfather is from, back in India, you can see the same people that you would see walking around the town here! And for me that was quite weird…there we are millions of miles away over in India and we're seeing the same people in the same village and they all live in Belvedere and Erith!”
Miss Randhawa

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