Post-colonialism is a literary approach that is concerned with the lasting impact of colonization in former colonies. The study analyzes the critical literary approach to Hanif Kureishi’s short story “My Son the Fanatic.” The text presents the problems faced by immigrants and their attempt to formulate and maintain an identity that falls between complete assimilation and the rejection of one’s own culture. These issues include the intercultural struggle that occurs within the immigrant, the need to belong to a certain division of society, imposing questions of race and self-identity. To find and maintain that balance is the complex burden of hybridity. The characters must find a sense of belonging, and it is increasingly difficult to do so in a society infested with racial ideologies. The findings of this paper reflect how problems arise when the West is placed above the East, and this ideology is indoctrinated and internalized by the postcolonial self.