Our Feet Walk the Sky: Women of the South Asian Diaspora / Edition 1

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Nonfiction. " This compilation is the first comprehensive work to focus on South Asian American and South Asian immigrant women in the United States. It represents a pioneering effort to collect their creative works, personal histories and critical essays.It is through the voices in this volume that we begin to see how women of South Asian origin locate their positions within their respective communities, within wider interethnic networks, and within national and international social, economic, and political frameworks which impact upon women's lives in South Asia and throughout the South Asian diaspora" -Jane Singh from the Forward.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This important collection of some 100 fiction and nonfiction pieces by and about first- and second-generation South Asians in America is relevant not only to the current academic interest in postcolonial studies. The work here is compelling and disturbing enough to stand on its own--particularly in its descriptions of destructive power imbalances between men and women who absorb the traditional South Asian beliefs about gender difference. In ``Daddy,'' Zainab Ali tells of a 15-year-old reproaching her father for his second wife, describing him as ``a half-time husband who leaves a cold, empty side of my mother's bed every other night while he sleeps at the whore's house. An emptiness that brings my mother's tears of loneliness.'' In an untitled poem Huma Dar writes of her daughter, a victim of incest (``Were you trying to block the hurting, prying fingers? / Were you trying to tell me what your father was doing to you?''). And in ``A Marriage Proposal,'' Anu Murgai recounts the hostile, domineering relationship between a bright, loving young woman and her future mother-in-law (`` `Don't laugh so loudly,' Mrs. Mehta's voice hissed in her ear . . . `a young bride should be shy' ''). The contributions--gathered around themes of gender and otherness, including lesbian love; current Indian cinema; and the strained relationship between South Asian Americans and African Americans--share an earnest intensity about the pressing nature of such injustices. (Aug.)
Library Journal
This eyeopening collection, which includes poetry, short stories, film criticism, and autobiography, grew out of a class offered at the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. In the text, first- and second-generation women from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma, and Afghanistan comment on all aspects of their lives here and/or in the countries of their origin. Many discuss the conflicts of growing up with one foot in each culture, while others speak bitterly about the harshness of their fathers and brothers and about the mothers and sisters who accept this as their due. Because the issues addressed by women with a feminist consciousness are not necessarily the issues others want them to address, raising a "Third World child in an immigrant community within the First World" is shown to be a constant struggle. Although written for women of the South Asian community, this has something to offer women of all cultures. Highly recommended for South Asian collections; also recommended for women's studies collections.-Debbie Bogenschutz, Cincinnati Technical Coll.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879960329
  • Publisher: Aunt Lute Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

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