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Not quite not white : losing and finding race in America

Sen, Sharmila (author.).
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  • ISBN: 9780143131380 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 0143131389 (paperback)
  • Physical Description: print
    xxvii, 191 pages ; 20 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2018.

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Summary, etc.: A first-generation immigrant's "intimate, passionate look at race in America" (Viet Thanh Nguyen), an American's journey into the heart of not-whiteness. At the age of 12, Sharmila Sen emigrated from India to the U.S. The year was 1982, and everywhere she turned, she was asked to self-report her race - on INS forms, at the doctor's office, in middle school. Never identifying with a race in the India of her childhood, she rejects her new "not quite" designation - not quite white, not quite black, not quite Asian -- and spends much of her life attempting to blend into American whiteness. But after her teen years trying to assimilate--watching shows like General Hospital and The Jeffersons, dancing to Duran Duran and Prince, and perfecting the art of Jell-O no-bake desserts--she is forced to reckon with the hard questions: What does it mean to be white, why does whiteness retain the magic cloak of invisibility while other colors are made hypervisible, and how much does whiteness figure into Americanness? Part memoir, part manifesto, Not Quite Not White is a searing appraisal of race and a path forward for the next not quite not white generation --a witty and sharply honest story of discovering that not-whiteness can be the very thing that makes us American.
Subject: Sen, Sharmila author.
South Asian Americans Biography
South Asian Americans Social conditions
South Asian Americans Ethnic identity
South Asian Americans History
Racism United States
Group identity United States
United States Race relations
Genre: Biography.
History.
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