Q&A: Novelist Tasneem Jamal on Canada’s welcome to Ismailis from Uganda | Toronto Star

Q&A: Novelist Tasneem Jamal on Canada’s welcome to Ismailis from Uganda | Toronto StarBy: Debra Black Immigration Reporter for The Star Toronto, Published on Fri Nov 21 2014

Novelist and journalist Tasneem Jamal grew up in Kitchener after she and her family were expelled from Uganda by dictator Idi Amin in 1972. They came to Canada in 1975 when she was 6 years old.

In total, about 80,000 people of South Asian origin were expelled from Uganda. Between 6,000 and 8,000 Ismailis came to Canada in that first wave; today, more than 100,000 Ismailis live in Canada.

Jamal, 45, recently published a novel — Where the Air is Sweet — about that expulsion from Uganda, tracing the story of an Indian man who moved to Africa to seek a better life, only to have his world totally shattered.

Jamal will be talking about the experiences of inclusion and exclusion in a conversation at the Ismaili Centre on Sunday.

More Q&A: Novelist Tasneem Jamal on Canada’s welcome to Ismailis from Uganda | Toronto Star.

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