Not uite Not White [ epub ] By Sharmila Sen


  • Paperback
  • 224
  • Not uite Not White
  • Sharmila Sen
  • en
  • 11 June 2017
  • 9780143131380

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 broadens the conversation Prior to the last chapter it lacks an engaging arc or argument for me She introduces a lot of interesting ideas like white men going native and American vs Americanized Howev

  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

  3. says:

    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 narr

  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 part of the dominant culture in India to being a minority in the United States and she had to learn about race as part of her assimilation process There is a lot in this slim volume about the

  5. says:

    This book really hit home Sen's descriptions of the particularities and angst of being Not uite Not White are sh

  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 of discove

  7. says:

    Sen narrates her journey from a very privileged life in India to that of a minority immigrant in Massachusetts Fro

  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 sensory descriptions of this part of her experience Her assimilation references were a trip down memory lane for me and it’s interesting to consider those pop culture experiences fro

  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 w

  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 Am

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Not uite Not White

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 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 broadens the conversation Prior to the last chapter it lacks an engaging arc or argument for me She introduces a lot of interesting ideas like white men going native and American vs Americanized However I wish her perspective had been a little contextualized and her arguments set up a little clearly from the beginning Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review

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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 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 of discovery of self as much as culture and race

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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 an enjoyable interesting and uick read I loved the parts of her story based in Calcutta I felt transported by her multi sensory descriptions of this part of her experience Her assimilation references were a trip down memory lane for me and it s interesting to consider those pop culture experiences from a child s anthropological point of view I loved that she used Good Times The Waltons Three s Company and Dynasty to make sense of her new country The author is very honest about the racism she came to this country with and the racism she learned here which deepened the reader s understanding of how she came to understand her own experience both as Bengali and as an American