How to Be South Asian in America: Narratives of Ambivalence and Belonging

, anupama jain. How to Be South Asian in America: Narratives of Ambivalence and Belonging. Temple UP, 2011.

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.

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