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Muncie, India(na) : Middletown and Asian America / Himanee Gupta-Carlson.

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Asian American experience
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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis ISLI 305.8 G977m (Text) 00000106555741 Indiana book Available -
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New Castle-Henry County PL - New Castle 305.8009 GUPT (Text) 39231033473709 Ratcliffe-Carnegie Reading Room Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780252083440
  • ISBN: 025208344X
  • Physical Description: viii, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2018]

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Creating a typical America: the Middletown studies and Muncie -- Marring typicality: South Asian immigrants in Muncie -- Fitting in: Muncie South Asians and childhood -- Navigating rebellion and respect: South Asian teenagers and high school life -- Cowpath crossings: post-industrial work and Indian doctors -- Knowing your place: religious identities and differences -- Conclusion: race, religion, and the limits of tolerance -- Epilogue: an unraveled America?
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Muncie, Indiana, remains the epitome of an American town. Yet scholars built the image of so-called typical communities across the United States on an illusion. Their decades of studies ignored the racial, ethnic, and religious diversity and tensions woven into the American communities that Muncie supposedly embodied. Himanee Gupta-Carlson puts forth an essential question: what do nonwhites, non-Christians, and/or non-natives mean when they call themselves American? A daughter in one of Muncie's first Indian American families, Gupta-Carlson merges personal experience, the life histories of others, and critical analysis to explore the answers. Her stories of members of Muncie's South Asian communities unearth the silences imposed by past studies while challenging the body of scholarship in fundamental ways. At the same time, Gupta-Carlson shares personal memories and experiences that illuminate her place within the historical, political, and socio-cultural currents she engages in her work. It also reveals how that work informs and transforms her as a scholar and a person. As meditative as it is insightful, Muncie, India(na) invites readers to feel the truth of the fascinating stories behind one woman's revised portrait of an American community.
Subject: Gupta-Carlson, Himanee
Lynd, Robert Staughton, 1892-1970
South Asian Americans > Indiana > Muncie.
Immigrants > Indiana > Muncie.
Muncie (Ind.) > Ethnic relations.
Muncie (Ind.) > Social conditions.
Muncie (Ind.) > Biography.

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