Both Not Half: Fostering belonging in a divided world

In 2019, Jassa Ahluwalia went viral with a comedy video of himself speaking Punjabi, a language he has spoken since childhood by virtue of his mixed British-Indian heritage. In an attempt to articulate his sense of self to viewers confused by his white appearance, he originated the hashtag #BothNotHalf – a rewording and a reimagining of mixed identity. His TEDx talk has clocked up over 175k views and his BBC One documentary – Am I English? – won an Asian Media Award in 2022. Both Not Half has since evolved into a radical call to action. In the fight for belonging, we must all refuse to be divided.

Jassa Ahluwalia

British actor, writer and filmmaker

Jassa is a British actor, writer and creator of the hashtag #BothNotHalf, which he uses to explore mixed identity and his own British-Indian heritage. Born in Coventry to a white English mum and a brown Punjabi dad in 1990, he attended school in Leicester and was raised in an extended family environment. He spoke English in the playground, Punjabi with his grandparents, and spent various summer holidays in India. He came to prominence as Rocky in the hit BBC Three series Some Girls, followed by starring roles in Unforgotten, Ripper Street, and Peaky Blinders. His first book – Both Not Half – will be published in May 2024 by Bonnier Books UK.

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