I am a British Bangladeshi.
Ethnically speaking I am Bangladeshi but I identify as a British citizen.
I am a Muslim but I do not wear a hijab. However, I try to dress in a way that is considered modest and I have rarely faced judgement for my choice. However, there was one girl who basically implied I was not a real Muslim and judged me quite badly due to the way I interpret faith.
I consider faith as symbolic and something deeply spiritual. I follow the rules of Islam as much as I can but I am not an example of anything or a representative of anything but myself. I love to learn about different faiths and ideas as well - I studied philosophy for quite a few years as I enjoyed learning about thoughts about faith and the world so much. I feel like nobody should ever feel like they are more superior to someone merely because they follow certain guidelines and rules of a faith as I feel it ruins the intentions of the individuals to be closer to God.
I am a Bangladeshi and am pretty proud of it but I do get some shit from people for “sounding” and “acting” “white” (so many speech marks lmao). Basically I do not really watch Bollywood dramas or listen to Indian music/watch dramas much which kinda makes me “white” to some people. However, I do not really find Bollywood interesting - I’d rather watch Hannibal tbh.
For the “sounding white” I get that because my accent is considered the generic received pronunciation accent/BBC English accent. I do not use slang and have always taught myself to try to speak as properly as possible - I am told if you did not see my face you’d assume Caucasian.
However, I feel my culture is a very beautiful one filled with poetry - my father had taught me a lot about Bangladeshi history and of some figures as well as showing me some Bengali classical folk musicians as well.