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Uncle Swami

Annotation
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 Swamicreates 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 workThe Karma of Brown Folkand 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 Swamirestores a diasporic community to its full-fledged complexity, beyond model minorities and the specters of terrorism.


GenreNonFiction
Political
Sociological
TopicsAsian Americans
Immigrants
Cultural identity
Political activism
Republican Party
American politics and government
Social conditions
Ethnic relations
Discrimination
Race relations
9/11 Terrorist Attacks