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British | Indian
“I was born in South Africa and my Mother’s family are Kenyan Asian, so I identify with those aspects of my heritage too. My Mum is Punjabi, born in Nairobi, Kenya. My Dad is British, born in West Devon, with English and Scottish heritage. I like to visit India when I can, and often people there quite like it, they call me a ‘mixed vegetable’ (after the curry). They are also pleasantly surprised when a White-looking bloke from England can speak their language. Also, in Oxford the Mixed-Race Society is full of really lovely people so the events are always great.
I chose Somerville College in part because of the large mixed-heritage and state school community. I’ve experienced some pretty non-casual racism where another student pretty viciously told me to go back to Africa. It was quite upsetting to be honest, but I saw it as a good opportunity to practice forgiveness, so I shook his hand and put it behind me. Other than that people here are very culturally aware. I’ve experienced less racism here than other environments I’ve lived in in the past. My Mum always said that there will always be racism, but if you get an education and a bit of money you can move away from it. Although I’m more interested in trying to change it. I do on the whole think that Oxford has a welcoming environment. It’s not as White as people think, there are plenty of Asians particularly. Everywhere has a few difficult people, but nearly everyone is really nice. My experiences at Oxford have made me less aware of my status as a mixed-race person if anything. It’s really not a big deal here, whereas in very White environments, such as the military, it’s a bit different. I think our racial discourse focuses on other under-represented groups, but I don’t have a problem with that personally. I feel that the Oxford Mixed Heritage Society has given me a sense of community and belonging at Oxford. It’s a great society to meet people and has brilliant events and speakers, I really recommend it”. 𝙄𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙭𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙐𝙣𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙊𝙭𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙙, 𝙬𝙚 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙚 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙣𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙨; 𝙛𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙝𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙖𝙩 𝙊𝙭𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙙. 𝙎𝙚𝙚 𝙛𝙪𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮 𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙬𝙚𝙗𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙚 . at University of Oxford