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Author Jain, Anupama, 1972-

Title How to be South Asian in America : narratives of ambivalence and belonging / Anupama Jain
Published Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (x, 279 pages)
Contents Reading assimilation and the American dream as transnational narratives -- They came on buses: "Guyanese Opportunities" as a contemporary Americanization program -- "Stretched over dark femaleness": three South Asian novels of Americanization -- "How to be Indian": independent films about second generation South Asian Americans -- Ambivalent Americanization and South Asian narratives of belonging in diaspora
Summary Providing a useful analysis of and framework for understanding immigration and assimilation narratives, anupama jain's How to Be South Asian in America considers the myth of the American Dream in fiction (Meena Alexander's Manhattan Music), film (American Desi, American Chai), and personal testimonies. By interrogating familiar American stories in the context of more supposedly exotic narratives, jain illuminates complexities of belonging that also reveal South Asians' anxieties about belonging, (trans)nationalism, and processes of cultural interpenetration
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-269) and index
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Subject Americanization.
South Asian Americans -- Cultural assimilation.
South Asian Americans -- Ethnic identity.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010039653
ISBN 1439903042 (electronic bk.)
9781439903049 (electronic bk.)
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