Providing a useful analysis of and framework for understanding immigration and assimilation narratives, anupama jain'sHow to Be South Asian in Americaconsiders the myth of the American Dream in fiction (Meena Alexander'sManhattan 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.jain argues that these stories transform as well as reflect cultural processes, and she shows just how aspects of identity-gender, sexual, class, ethnic, national-are shaped by South Asians' accommodation of and resistance to mainstream American culture.
Subjects: Language & Literature, Sociology
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