"Yeah, it’s a little different. Especially in the 90s. The 90s was a heyday of British-Asian culture. We had Prince Naseem and Goodness Gracious Me, and Bally Sagoo in the charts. We used to go to day time raves, and we reclaimed the word 'paki' for ourselves. We had something. It was like Atlanta in the late 90s for African Americans. The UK was the South Asian diasporic lighthouse. Then 9/11 happened and it evaporated. Overnight, my little cousin’s generation went from self-identifying as Pakistani to self-identifying as Muslim."
"The scene started to splinter and peter out for a number of reasons. But a really big one is what 9/11 did culturally in terms of the self-image of South Asian communities. You went from all being Asian – from having solidarity across the religious boundaries when it was small, fledgling and artsy – to it being fragmented. In the 80s we were all black, then in the 90s we were all Asians/Pakis, then post-9/11 it fragments further to Sikh, Hindu, Muslim."
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