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[Prashad] has set the standard by which future works on the Asian diaspora must be judged.
—Abraham Verghese, bestselling author of My Own Country and Cutting for Stone

[Prashad's] scholarly analysis of the current Islamophobia is laced with great quotes from scholars and activists, including Gandhi on the limits of tradition and Tolstoy on feel-good liberalism (give to the poor but don’t change anything). Like Prashad’s prizewinning The Darker Nations (2008), this is bound to spark discussion as he juxtaposes the platitudes of multiculturalism, which celebrate the peoples and traditions of "other" lands (Africa, Asia, Latin America), against the unchanging truth that non-Western continues to be viewed as subordinate.
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About the Author

Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is the author of The Karma of Brown Folk and The Darker Nations (The New Press); the latter was chosen as a Best Nonfiction Book of the year by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and won the Muzaffar Ahmad Book Prize. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595587845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595587848
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I appreciate how Dr. Vijay Prashad chronicles my history as a second generation South Asian American in a social/political/economic context. He speaks to my soul, validates my worldview and inspires me to think about social justice in new ways.
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I expected it to be about South Asians assimilating or not assimilating, as the case may be, in America. As a family therapist who treats many South Asians, I was looking for insight into how the immigrant experience affects family life. That isn't the subject of the book.

The author goes into how some South Asian immigrants have moved to the US and become very wealthy, while others are exploited and kept down.

He writes about various South Asian political movements, and he seems to have a strong preference for Communism. I am not a Communist, but I have to admit he has some good insights. He says: "Military force has become an even more necessary component of statecraft as the United States sees its manufacturing wither and its society become addicted to credit and cheap goods from elsewhere." This is, I believe, why the United States keeps getting involved in overseas conflicts that are really not its concern.
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