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Contours of the heart : South Asians map North America

Author: Sunaina Maira; Rajini Srikanth
Publisher: New York : Asian American Writers' Workshop ; [New Brunswick, N.J.] : Distributed by Rutgers University Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Contours of the Heart comes at a critical time in the history of South Asians in North America. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of South Asian immigrants to the United States and Canada, with an increasingly visible second generation trying to create a space in which to explore identities. A familiar tension has been the immigrant conflict between home as a physical site in North America and home  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anthologie
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sunaina Maira; Rajini Srikanth
ISBN: 1889876003 9781889876009 0813523842 9780813523842
OCLC Number: 36565875
Awards: American Book Award, 1997
Description: xxi, 480 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Unrolling the map. Spelling bee / Anu Mitra --
San Andreas Fault / Meena Alexander --
For James and Buffalo : who launched me off / Rajini Srikanth --
Michigan basement II / Saleem Peeradina --
The great American movie script / Roshni Rustomji-Kerns --
Excerpts from "In search of evanescence" ; Snow on the desert / Agha Shahid Ali --
Out on Main St. / Shani Mootoo. Finding the natives. Taxi meters and plexiglass partitions / Vivek Bald --
A difference of background / Litu Kabir --
Flushing Meadows Park / Sunita Sunder Mukhi --
Signs of belonging / Naheed Islam --
In the office, the florescence of computers blinds me / Purvi Shah --
I want to give you devotion / Ameena Meer --
Passage to North America / S. Shankar --
Miss Vindaloo / Natasha Singh --
emerald's bubble / Aly Remtulla --
Visualizing three continents : an interview with filmmaker Mira Nair / Sunaina Maira & Rajini Srikanth --
Jumbee curse / Marina Budhos. Sounding the challenge. Changes / Amitava Kumar --
Felicia / Mahmud Rahman --
Moments of identity in film / Bakirathi Mani --
The moon and my mother / Himani Bannerji --
Convention fairy tale / Anjalee Deshpande --
Divided consciousness amidst a new Orientalism : South Asian American identity formation on campus / Sucheta Doshi --
The lakshman rekha : a fable / S. Bari --
Desh : the contradictions of homeland / Vijay Prashad --
A sketch from the campaign in the north ; Lifeline / Vijay Seshadri. Inventing territories. For Sylvia : two poems (Empty spaces, Untitled) / Abraham Verghese --
Lahore in the sky / Sunaina Maira --
Excerpts from Funny Boy / Shyam Selvadurai --
Tea-time / Kavita Sharma --
We the Indian women in America / Chitra Divakaruni --
Harderson Park days / Jaykumar Menon --
A better life / Diane Mehta --
Excerpts from "Once upon an elephant" / Ashok Mathur --
The fat man sings : a personal reflection on the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan / Somini Sengupta. Returning to camp. Beyond the walls, Amreeka / Tahira Naqvi --
Language / Sharmili Majmudar --
Kismet / Sanjay Nigam --
Under the gravity of some thirty odd years ; An archive of myself / Darius Cooper --
The smells of home / Sandip Roy --
Pitaji's flute / Reena Sharma --
Mother in Iowa / Minal Hajratwala --
Counting the ways / Sejal Shah --
Burning turtles / Hema Nair. Redrawing the contours. Baby Photo, Inc. vs. Michael Egerton Crusz ; A door ajar / Rienzi Crusz --
Just after "Just between Indians" ; Just between Indians / Ginu Kamani --
Women in exile : gender relations in the Asian Indian community / Shamita Das Dasgupta & Sayantani Dasgupta --
Defend yourself against me / Bapsi Sidhwa --
Romantic stereotypes / Anu Mitra --
Untitled / Ghalib Dhalla --
More precious than these hands / Shivani Manghnani --
Afterword : identity politics and the politics of identity / Sucheta Mazumdar.
Other Titles: South Asians map North America
Responsibility: edited by Sunaina Maira and Rajini Srikanth.

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This anthology of fiction, essays, poetry, and photography explores the transformative experiences that lead individuals to declare new forms of belonging in North America. The contributors reveal  Read more...

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