Caught Between Two Worlds: The Liminality of Asian Women in Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia and The Black Album

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Foreign Languages, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.


The works of Hanif Kureishi have generally been examined in light of Postcolonial notions especially the notion of “identity” of male figures. However, critics have rarely paid tribute attention to the life and experiences of female migrants in diaspora. Regarding this, this article begins with a discussion of Kureishi’s portrayal of hybrid Asian women in Britain and sheds light on opportunities that liminality and hybridity opens for them in their new country. The discussion then turns to the role played by Asian women as agents of resistance in England. It also examines diasporic life as an empowering element that assists female migrants in opposing both the imperial power and the patriarchal rules of their communities. This research indicates that although Asian women are generally marginalized in the west and their ethnicity makes them voiceless in their adapted country and reinforces their subordination, Kureishi’s works privilege the prominent role of migrant females in diaspora and bring them form margins of their cultures to the center in a way that their voices are heard.