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Of Silk Saris & Mini-Skirts South Asian

Handa, Amita

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ISBN 10: 0889614067 / ISBN 13: 9780889614062
Published by Women's Press (UK), 2003
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Women's Press (UK), 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Second Impression. New book with light shelf wear., Of Silk Saris and Mini-Skirts: South Asian Girls Walk the Tightrope of Culture, Amita Handa, Dr Handa explores issues surrounding the way identity is imagined and constructed by South Asian girls, women, and South Asian community workers in Toronto. The author also examines ways in which young South Asian women are constructed and represented through discourses of race, nation, culture, and community. Handa suggests that young South Asian women find themselves caught between these fragmented aspects of the self. Using feedback from her interviews, the author discusses South Asian women's struggle with the threat of the erosion of their "authentic" cultural practices. Handa's critical theoretical perspective illuminates how South Asian women struggle to live within the boundaries of cultural preservation at the same time that they embrace aspects of the communities in which they live. She explores whether they both desire and are excluded from Canadian cultural hegemony. She also examines the theoretical implications of exclusion and, conversely, the problematic of "cultural preservation". Bookseller Inventory # 001200

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Title: Of Silk Saris & Mini-Skirts South Asian

Publisher: Women's Press (UK)

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Edition: 1st Edition

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Dr. Handa uses her own narrative and that of South Asian teenage girls to explore the ways identity is imagined and constructed by second generation immigrant youth in Toronto. Using feedback from interviews, the author examines how South Asian women are constructed and represented through discourses of race, nation, culture, and community. Handa suggests that young South Asian women find themselves caught between fragmented aspects of the self. She draws on a poignant memory from her own experience to describe such states of being: I do not remember when the marvel of being part of something larger began to fade. I don't remember when it began, me getting smaller than my body, the darkness of my steps, the shallowness of my voice or the fear. This is where I am caught--not between two cultures, but between omissions, between fragments of myself. Dr. Handa discusses the community's struggle with the threat of the erosion of their "authentic" cultural practice. Her critical theoretical perspective illuminates how young women move within the boundaries of cultural preservation at the same time that they embrace aspects of the communities in which they live. She examines conflicts with parents, fashion, "bhangra" music and dance in her discussion of Canadian, South Asian, and diasporic fusion. Handa explores whether these young women both desire inclusion in and are excluded from Canadian cultural begemony. She also examines the theoretical implications of exclusion and, conversely, the problematic of "cultural preservation."

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Amita Handa has a doctorate in sociology and is a community-based research consultant. She is co-host of Masala Mixx on CKLN 88.1 FM, a radio program that presents a fusion of Eastern and Western music. She is also an editor and writer for BrownSugar, a New York-based art and culture magazine for South Asian women, produced by Vinita Srivastava.

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