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S and code switching Sen offers new angles to the debate on race and immigration with emotional honesty humor and thoughtful criticism Sen discovers her eventual acceptance of her not whiteness is actually what makes her American and as a mother of three not white American children looking at their own possible future Sen brings the reader of Not uite Not White to imagine how America might by the end of the century end up being defined outside its borders in a new diaspor. This was a fascinating book to me I cannot pretend that I know what being an immigrant is like or someone who isn t white This book opens a window into that worldThere are a lot of parallels between Indian caste and American race but it was interesting to learn that race isn t something that really exists in India Having grown up in the US I had never thought of India being in Asia but of course it isA thought provoking book

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A memoir manifesto about race immigration and assimilation; how an Indian American woman navigated through her journey into the heart of not whitenessWhen Sen emigrated from India to the US in 1982 at the age of 12 she was asked to self report her race Never identifying with a race previously she rejects her new not uite white designation and spends much of her life attempting to become white in the American sense After her teen years trying to adapt to American culture i. As a Bostonian a light skinned Middle Eastern American a grandchild and great grandchild of immigrants someone who had to tell my teacher the correct way to pronounce my name at the beginning of each school year and as someone who was once ashamed to call my parents Mama and Baba who later outgrew that shame SO MUCH of this book resonated with me Additionally it was very cool to read a narrative in the town it took place in Notable uotations on pages XII 147 and 175 if I remember I ll type them out later Too bad the only Armenian reference in the book was the owner of the business where the author s father was bullied Unfortunate but accurate snapshot of the way many American Armenians have used our liminal whiteness to contribute to White Supremacy rather than fight against it I also very much enjoyed the LatinClassics references because they reminded me of the way which many of us who come from non Western histories often know Western culture better than our white peers More to unpack there Definitely a book I ll revisit

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Ncluding watching General Hospital and The Jeffersons and perfecting recipes with Campbell's soup or Jell O Sen is forced to reckon with hard uestions what does it mean to be white who is allowed to be white why does whiteness retain the power of invisibility while other colors are made hypervisible and how much does whiteness figure into Americanness Exploring hot button topics such as passing cultural appropriation class ineuality bias within Indian immigrant communitie. This book really hit home Sen s descriptions of the particularities and angst of being Not uite Not White are sharp and astute and compelled me to reconsider and reframe some of the experiences I ve had growing up Indo Canadian Her argument resonates and her theory about middle class attitudes in Indian society as predicated not on superiority but a deep seated fear of sliding downwards into the slums is interesting However as someone who identifies closely with being a second generation immigrant than first her claim on the label Not White instead of person of colour is uncomfortable Growing up embracing diversity and difference has been at the core of the Canadian cultural narrative and defining onself in relation to whiteness albeit the unspoken dominant culture feels antithetical Then again that discomfort and the belligerence in refusing to conform to the model minority ethos is exactly Sen s point


10 thoughts on “Not uite Not White

  1. says:

    In this memoir Sharmila Sen uses her experience of immigrating from India to the US to explore notions of race and whiteness The strongest part of the book is the last chapter where she solidifies her argument and

  2. says:

    A bold and candid 'immigrant manifesto' Sen arrived the US with her parents from India when she was twelve Refused to be identified as a FOB 'fresh off the boat' Sen cast off her Bengali self and immersed in str

  3. says:

    As a Bostonian a light skinned Middle Eastern American a grandchild and great grandchild of immigrants someone who had to

  4. says:

    HIGHLY recommendedThis memoirmanifesto about race identity and immigration is so good and I'm so glad I read it The author's story is incredibly interesting because when she immigrated at the age of 12 she went from being pa

  5. says:

    This book really hit home Sen's descriptions of the particularities and angst of being Not uite Not White are sharp and astute and compelled me to reconsider and reframe some of the experiences I've had growing up Indo Canadian Her argument resonates and her theory about middle class attitudes in Indian society as predicated not on

  6. says:

    From the evocative memories of her genteel bhadralok childhood in Calcutta to each stage of navigating the model immigrant experience in the USA of the ‘80s this is an insightful and moving memoir of a journey o

  7. says:

    Sen narrates her journey from a very privileged life in India to that of a minority immigrant in Massachusetts From the age of 12 race becomes a part of her life as she struggles to navigate the confusing journey to “becoming an American” with her foreign accent betraying her light skin Not uite Not White is part personal history and part

  8. says:

    This was an enjoyable interesting and uick read I loved the parts of her story based in Calcutta I felt transported by her multi se

  9. says:

    This was a fascinating book to me I cannot pretend that I know what being an immigrant is like or someone who isn’t white This book opens a window into that worldThere are a lot of parallels between Indian caste and American race but it was interesting to learn that race isn’t something that really exists

  10. says:

    Sharmila Sen's personal account of her discovery of race and commitment to recognizing herself not as a POC but as Not White as a first gen immigrant to the US She takes us from her Bengali childhood through her American studenthood to her Not White parenthood sharply observing the role of racial assignment It's a little unfocused here and there but overall a bright South Asian addition to a mostly binary racial dialog

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