The Karma of Brown Folk


""How does it feel to be a problem?" asked W. E. B. Du Bois of black Americans in his classic The Souls of Black Folk. A hundred years later, Vijay Prashad asks South Asians "How does it feel to be a solution?" In this kaleidoscopic critique, Prashad looks into the complexities faced by the members of a "model minority," one, he claims, that is consistently deployed as "a weapon in the war against black America."" "On a vast canvas, The Karma of Brown Folk attacks the two pillars of the "model minority" image, that South Asians are both inherently successful and pliant, and analyzes the ways in which U. S. immigration policy and American Orientalism have perpetuated these stereotypes. Prashad challenges the arguments made by Dinesh D'Souza, who heralds South Asian success in the United States, and questions the quiet accommodation to racism made by many South Asians. A look at Deepak Chopra and others who Prashad terms "Godmen" shows us how some South Asians exploit the stereotype of inherent spirituality, much to the chagrin of other South Asians. Tracing the long engagement of American culture with South Asia, Prashad illustrates India's effect on thinkers like Cotton Mather and Henry David Thoreau, Ravi Shankar's influence on John Coltrane, and such essential issues as race versus caste and the connection between antiracism activism and anticolonial resistance." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


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