Aspiring to Home: South Asians in America by Bakirathi Mani

By Bakirathi Mani

What does it suggest to belong? How are twenty-first-century diasporic topics fashioning identities and groups that bind them jointly? Aspiring to Home examines those questions with a spotlight on immigrants from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Advancing a thought of locality to give an explanation for the skill wherein immigrants of various local, non secular, and linguistic backgrounds adventure what it ability to belong, Bakirathi Mani exhibits how ethnicity is produced during the dating among family racial formations and international routine of sophistication and capital.

Aspiring to Home makes a speciality of renowned cultural works created by way of first- and second-generation South Asians from 1999–2009, together with these through writer Jhumpa Lahiri and filmmaker Mira Nair, in addition to public occasions akin to the pass over India U.S.A. festival and the Broadway musical Bombay Dreams. interpreting those various productions via an interdisciplinary framework, Mani weaves literary readings with ethnography to resolve the limitations of shape and style that form how we learn diasporic renowned culture.

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The popular history of South Asian immigration originates with Punjabi Sikhs, Hindus, and Muslims who migrated as farmworkers to the West Coast in the early twentieth century. 22 During this period, the landmark case of United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind (1923) legislated South Asian immigrants as nonwhite, thereby limiting property ownership and rights to citizenship for subcontinental migrants. S. 23 However, the specific case of Thind is also compounded by the fact that Indian immigrants were 18 Introduction colonial subjects of Britain for the first half of the twentieth century.

Because the narrator is recruited under the provisions of this revised immigration law, he is temporally dislocated from an earlier history of Asian American naturalization. Instead, his professional success and subsequent decision to apply for American citizenship is narrated in tandem with the emergence of the United States as a global power in the late twentieth century. Whereas Mrs. S. imperialism, the narrator is a postcolonial subject of empire. The relation of power between empire and colony is rescripted through the divergent subject-positions occupied by landlord and tenant, even though there is no direct colonial history that links the United States to India.

Similarly in Pakistan, the 2008 terrorist attacks in Islamabad and sporadic assassinations of political figures reflect the rise of Islamist movements, but also highlight class divides between those who are the beneficiaries of global capital accumulation and those who are not. These contentious events are often interpreted as a threat to modernization in South Asia and operate as a pretext for more intimate relations of Introduction 23 global capital (via foreign aid and weapons transfers agreements) that bind together South Asia with the United States.

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