The Bangladeshi Diaspora in the United State After 9/11: From Obscurity to High Visibility (The New Americans: Recent Immigration and American Society)

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After 9/11, Bangladeshi-Americans felt pressured to see their identities in binary Muslim vs. American terms. They refused to accept this identity not only because it does not fit, but also because it curtails their ability to engage society in multiple terms and to exercise their rights as citizens. Bangladeshis' experiences were colored by gender, generation, and social class. While the first-generation Bangladeshis maintain strong connections with Bangladesh and prefer to be identified as Bangladeshi-Americans, the second-generation identifies as "desi" a generic South Asian identity, which helps them reconcile their parents expectations and the demands of their lives in the United States. Bangladeshi diasporic media are not merely the devices for maintaining connections with their old home, but are an integral part of their lives in the diaspora.

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Shafiqur Rahman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Social Sciences at Chadron State College. His research and teaching interests include globalization of media, diaspora, Bangladeshi transnational community, research methods, and intercultural communication. He has published scholarly journal articles and book chapters.

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