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and support the critique of the end, or failure, of

multiculturalism, if read in depth, through the portrayal

of the diversity of subcultures, the nuances of South Asian

diasporic identity, and the rudeboys’ use of hybrid

language in the ethnic enclave, Malkani’s novel challenges

the supposed “failure” of “multiculturalism” as a policy

based simply on ethnicity identity politics. More

importantly, the novel redefines multiculturalism and

points out that, in contemporary London and Britain,

even in an ethnic enclave, it is evidently a common,

everyday practice for people to identify and interact with

others across the borders of ethnicity, culture, and

nationality.

Key Words:

Londonstani

, authenticity, identity, South

Asian ethnic enclaves, multiculturalism