Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Todayby Vijay Prashad
Weaving together distinct strands of recent
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Within hours of the attacks on the World Trade Center, misdirected assaults on Sikhs and other South Asians flared on streets across the nation, serving as harbingers of a more suspicious, less discerning, and increasingly fearful world view that would drastically change ideas of belonging and acceptance in America.
Weaving together distinct strands of recent South Asian immigration to the United States, Uncle Swami creates a richly textured analysis of the systems and sentiments behind shifting notions of cultural identity in a post 9/11 world. Vijay Prashad continues the conversation sparked by his celebrated work The Karma of Brown Folk and confronts the experience of migration across an expanse of generations and class divisions, from the birth of political activism among second generation immigrants to the meteoric rise of South Asian American politicians in Republican circles to the migrant workers who suffer in the name of American capitalism.
A powerful new indictment of American imperialism at the dawn of the twenty-first century, Uncle Swami restores a diasporic community to its full-fledged complexity, beyond model minorities and the specters of terrorism.
"A passionate book that situates 'Indian America' within its own diversified history and alliances in the United States, within the complex histories of national liberation and Hindu nationalism in India, as well as within the spectrum of struggles in the United States."
—Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University
"Vijay Prashad is our own Frantz Fanon. His writing of protest is always tinged with the beauty of hope."
—Amitava Kumar, author of Passport Photos
"With unflinching clarity and deep compassion, [Prashad] mines the post-9/11 landscape to locate the source of an emerging collective identity as the racial other."
—Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center, and publisher of Colorlines
"This compelling and carefully researched account reveals not only the contradictions in America’s treatment of its South Asian immigrants, but the contradictions of the great American project itself."
—Minal Hajratwala, author of Leaving India
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Meet the Author
Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History at Trinity College, Connecticut. His previous book, The Darker Nations (available from The New Press) was chosen as the best nonfiction book of 2008 by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and won the Muzaffar Ahmad Book Prize in 2009. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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