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She sports a nose-ring and duppat (a scarf worn by South Asian women) along with the latest fashion in slinky club wear; he's decked out in Tommy gear. Their moves on the crowded dance floor, blending Indian film dance with break-dancing, attract no particular attention. They are just two of the hundreds of hip young people who flock to the desi (i.e., South Asian) party scene that flourishes in the Big Apple.<P>New York City, long the destination for immigrants and migrants, today is home to the largest Indian American population in the United States. Coming of age in a city remarkable for its diversity and cultural innovation, Indian American and other South Asian youth draw on their ethnic traditions and the city's resources to create a vibrant subculture. Some of the city's hottest clubs host regular banghra parties, weekly events where young South Asians congregate to dance to music that mixes rap beats with Hindi film music, bhangra (North Indian and Pakistani in origin), reggae, techno, and other popular styles. Many of these young people also are active in community and campus organizations that stage performances of "ethnic cultures."<P>In this book Sunaina Maira explores the world of second-generation Indian American youth to learn how they manage the contradictions of gender roles and sexuality and how they handle their "model minority" status and expectations for class mobility in a society that still racializes everyone in terms of black or white. Maira's deft analysis illuminates the ways in which these young people bridge ethnic authenticity and American "cool."

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566399272
Author:
Maira, Sunaina
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Author:
Maira, Sunaina
Location:
Philadelphia, PA
Subject:
Children's Studies
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Youth
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Subculture
Subject:
East Indian Americans
Subject:
Children of immigrants
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Social conditions.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Asian American History and Culture
Series Volume:
106-767
Publication Date:
20041131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in

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