Conversation between mother and son, Radhika and Omar, about race, education and Omar's decision to apply to drama school.
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Bynon, Omar, 1996- (male), Bynon, Radhika , 1962- (female)
Radhika and Omar live in Forest Gate in East London. Radhika is Sri Lankan and has been living in England since she was 8, her parents moved over so that she could have a good British education and she describes herself as completely assimilated. She went to university and married a white man. When she was growing up her parents were so keen for her to be completely assimilated that they became a totally English speaking household. Omar is mixed race (his father is white) and is just finishing a foundation year at Lamda - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. For the first time he has come into contact with 'posh' people. Up until then he thought he was posh or rich because they lived on a nice street in Forest Gate and had dinner sitting around a table. He didn't realise that it would be so elitist and says that he is one of only four Asian people at Lamda. They talk about race, education and expectation to do an academic degree. Omar also describes how being from London makes him quite different to some of the people he has met at Lamda and how he gets on with people from London more easily than those who grew up out of London.
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