Letter: Stereotypes

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The Independent Culture
Sir: It was hard not to laugh out loud at Mrs D Smith's letter (20 November). Jack Straw was referring to the inter-generational closeness within Asian families (a stereotype in itself), and not to the great numbers of children that Asians produce. I suppose I should be thankful that Mrs Smith did not suggest that "young white people" should open up corner shops, have arranged marriages and live ten to a room, to promote the stability of family life.

NAHEED ARSHAD

London W6

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