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Dhooleka S. Raj explores the complexities of ethnic minority cultural change in this incisive examination of first- and second-generation middle-class South Asian families living in London. Challenging prevalent understandings of ethnicity that equate community, culture, and identity, Raj considers how transnational ethnic minorities are circumscribed by nostalgia for culture.
Where Are You From? argues that the nostalgia for culture obscures the complexities of change in migrant minority lives and limits the ways the politics of diversity can be imagined by the nation. Based on ethnographic research with
Indian migrants and their children, this book examines how categories of identity, culture, community, and nation are negotiated and often equated.
1. Questions of Ethnicity
2. Being Vilayati, Becoming Asian: Keeping up with the Kapurs, the Chawlas, the Kalias, and the Aggarwals in London
3. "I Am From Nowhere": Partition and Being Punjabi
4. Becoming a Hindu Community
5. The Search for a Suitable Boy
6. Becoming British Asian:
Intergenerational Negotiations of Racism
7. Being British, Becoming a Person of
8. "Where Are You Originally From?" Multiculturalism, Citizenship, and Transnational Differences