American Karma: Race, Culture, and Identity in the Indian by Sunil Bhatia

By Sunil Bhatia

The Indian American group is likely one of the quickest transforming into immigrant groups within the U.S. in contrast to past generations, they're marked via a excessive measure of educating as doctors, engineers, scientists, and college professors.

American Karma attracts on player remark and in-depth interviews to discover how those hugely expert pros were inserted into the racial dynamics of yank society and reworked into “people of color.” targeting first-generation, middle-class Indians in American suburbia, it additionally sheds mild on how those transnational immigrants themselves come to appreciate and negotiate their identities.

Bhatia forcefully contends that to completely comprehend migrant id and cultural formation it truly is crucial that psychologists and others examine selfhood as firmly intertwined with sociocultural components similar to colonialism, gender, language, immigration, and race-based immigration laws.

American Karma bargains a brand new framework for brooding about the development of selfhood and identification within the context of immigration. This cutting edge procedure advances the sphere of psychology by means of incorporating severe matters concerning the concept that of tradition, together with race, strength, and clash, and also will offer key insights to these in anthropology, sociology, human improvement, and migrant studies.

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These non-European/nonwhite diasporic communities bring to the fore the sense of constantly having to negotiate between here and there, past and present, homeland and host land, self and other (Bhatia 2002a; Bhatia and Ram 2001b). Such negotiations have not been adequately recognized or understood in many of the existing acculturation models, as the following example illustrates: Deepali is a forty-five-year-old woman with a doctoral degree in biochemistry. She lives in Old Lyme and works for a local biotechnical ❙ 31 32 ❙ American Karma company.

Some Americans use such statements about the cultural and material achievements of Indian migrants to make unfair comparisons between Asian American communities and black America. According to Prashad, These are not only statements of admiration. Apart from being condescending, such gestures remind me that I am to be the perpetual solution to what is seen as the crisis of black America. I am to be the weapon in the war against black America. . The struggles of blacks are met with the derisive remark that Asians don’t complain; they work hard—as if to say that blacks don’t work hard.

In this way, these two phrases can be seen as different utterances or speech acts. Thus, the first “life is good” is a statement, and the second “life is good” is a confirmation (Hermans, Kempen, and van Loon 1992, p. 27). The polyphonic novel—with its multitude of characters, each with his or her own voice and ideological positions that are independent yet linked to the voices of the other through internal or external dialogue—is American Karma crucial to the formulation of the dialogical self (Bakhtin 1984).

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