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Not quite not white : losing and finding race in America

Title
Not quite not white : losing and finding race in America / Sharmila Sen.
Author
Sen, Sharmila,
Publication
  • New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
  • ©2018

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Description
xxvii, 191 pages; 20 cm
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Biographies.
  • Biography.
  • History.
Contents
The mask that grins -- Enter the dragon -- The first remove -- The autobiography of an ex-Indian woman -- Heart of not whiteness.
Call Number
JFD 18-4668
ISBN
  • 9780143131380
  • 0143131389
LCCN
2017031011
Author
Sen, Sharmila, author.
Title
Not quite not white : losing and finding race in America / Sharmila Sen.
Publisher
New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
Copyright Date
©2018
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Summary
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?
Other Form:
Online version: Sen, Sharmila. Not quite not white. New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2018 9781524705121 (DLC) 2017032252 (OCoLC)992798802
Research Call Number
JFD 18-4668
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