By AS Student Azima Zaman
An investigation to determine whether Asian and Caribbean
people who settled in the West Midlands in the 1950's and
1960's adapted to the new environment by developing a more
androgynous gender identity.
In the City of Wolverhampton there
is an archive
of video-taped interviews which weremade approximately two
years ago. This is known as the BE-ME collection (Black and
Ethnic Minority Experience). These explore the settlement
experiences of Caribbean and Asian
settlers who now live in the West Midlands.
By analysing the content of this video data, I believe it is
possible to examine changes in the sex roles of these men and women in relation to
the norms of their own culture, as they adapted to the new environment.
We know that adaptation to the new environment was frequently
traumatic, because the host population did not always regard
settlers with proper respect, nor did they afford much kindness.