Aasif Mandvi

My father got a job at Bradford University in textiles. And he came for – I guess, you know, why do people immigrate? – like, for a better life to find, you know, a new world. And, you know, I think he always – he saw it as an opportunity. And so yeah so we came to this coal mining town in the north of England and that’s where I grew up.

Actually I’m more culturally Muslim than religiously but being Muslim is an important part of my identity. As Muslim, I feel it’s important to counter any form of bigotry, be it anti-Semitism, homophobia, racism, etc. These forms of hate share a common denominator of misinformation and intentional fear mongering.

In some ways for many years I was off the hook.When my niece was born after that their attention was focused on that and she did that. You know, that was in our family that’s what she did. I went off and chased this dream and this career that very other few people in our, you know, in my family, but even culturally were doing.