Jassa Ahluwalia on being both not half, how language is the vessel, and authoring your own sense of belonging


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The one where we are both not half

Emma and Nicole speak to British-Punjabi actor, writer and filmmaker, Jassa Ahluwalia. He created the hashtag and online movement, #BothNotHalf, which he uses to explore mixed identity and his own British-Indian heritage, and is currently developing into a book.

We spoke about the casting process and how that has changed for mixed actors and specific roles for mixed people, drawing on your heritage as a performer, how language shapes identity, and the history of national identity.

Preorder our book The Half Of It: https://amzn.to/3rDq1qo Our website: https://www.mixedup.co.uk/ Our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mixeduppodcast Our Instagram: https://instagram.com/mixedup.podcastJassa's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialjassa/

Culture mix: The Tartan Turban: In Search of Alexander Gardner by John Keay Alero Art: https://www.instagram.com/aleroart_/ Chasing Hares at The Young Vic

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