Readings and Videos

WEEK# TOPICS READINGS AND VIDEOS
1 Introduction & Organization No readings or videos assigned
2 Leaving India

Ghosh, Amitav. Sea of Poppies: A Novel. Picador, 2009. ISBN: 9780312428594. [Preview with Google Books]

Primary source for analysis paper #1:

“Evidence and Report of Committee of Enquiry into incident on ship ‘Main’,” 1902.

Sources for class activity:

Brother Marvin - Jahaji Bhai.” YouTube.

Marajhin - Mighty Sparrow.” YouTube.

3 Labor

Bahadur, Gauitra. “Her Middle Passage.” The Caravan, August 31, 2011.

Lal, Brij V. “Kunti’s Cry: Indentured Women on Fiji Plantations.” Indian Economic & Social History Review 22, no. 1 (1985): 55–71.

Rana, Junaid. “Labor Diaspora and the Global Racial System.” Chapter 4 in Terrifying Muslims: Race and Labor in the South Asian Diaspora. Duke University Press Books, 2011. ISBN: 9780822349112. 

Unnikrishnan, Deepak. Excerpts from Temporary People. Restless Books, 2017. ISBN: 9781632061423. [Preview with Google Books]

Gardner, Andrew M. “Foreign Labor in Peril: The Indian Transitional Proletariat.” Chapter 3 in City of Strangers: Gulf Migration and the Indian Community in Bahrain. ILR Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780801476020. [Preview with Google Books]

Source for class activity:

ESPN E: 60 - Qatar’s World Cup.” May 13, 2014. Dailymotion.

4 Capital

Schulz, Kathryn. “Citizen Khan.” New Yorker, June 6 and 13, 2016. 

Aiyar, Sana. “From the America of the Hindu to White Man’s Country.” Chapter 1 in Indians in Kenya: The Politics of Diaspora. Harvard University Press, 2015. ISBN: 9780674289888. 

Vohra, Neha. “Between Global City & Golden Frontier: Indian Businessmen, Unofficial Citizenship, and Shifting Forms of Belonging.” Chapter 3 in Impossible Citizens: Dubai’s Indian Diaspora. Duke University Press Books, 2013. ISBN: 9780822353935. [Preview with Google Books]

Primary source for analysis paper #2 and class activity:

The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi / Volume I / May 1895 Petition to Lord Ripon.” Wikisource.

5 Empire and Nationalism

Kimani, Peter. Dance of the Jakaranda. Akashic Books, 2017. ISBN: 9781617754968. [Preview with Google Books]

Sources for class activity:

Rajan, Zahid. “Asians Don’t Seek to Be 44th Tribe,” The Star, June 5, 2017.

Aleya. “Letter from Kenya’s 44th Tribe.” May 28, 2017. Chanyado.

6 Race and Place: Being South Asian in America

Bald, Vivek. “Between Hindoo and Negro.” Chapter 2 in Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America. Harvard University Press, 2015. ISBN: 9780674503854. [Preview with Google Books]

———. “Bengali Harlem.” Chapter 5 in Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America. Harvard University Press, 2015. ISBN: 9780674503854. [Preview with Google Books]

Shah, Nayan. “Regulating Intimacy and Immigration.” Chapter 6 in Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality, and the Law in the North American West. University of California Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780520270879. [Preview with Google Books]

Primary source for analysis paper #3 and class activity:

The Problem with Apu. Directed by Michael Melamedoff. Color, 49 min. 2017.

7 Individual Meetings with Instructor No readings or videos assigned
8 Multiculturalism and Its Discontents

Asad, Talal. “Multiculturalism and British Identity in the Wake of the Rushdie Affair.” Politics & Society 18, no. 4 (1990): 455–80.

Davos, John. “Stamp it Out! Disciplining the Image of Hinduism in a Multicultural Milieu.” Contemporary South Asia 16, no. 3 (2008): 323–37.

McLoughlin, Seán. “Discrepant Representations of Multi-Asian Leicester: Institutional Discourse and Everyday Life in the ‘Model’ Multicultural City.” Chapter 5 in Writing the City in British Asian Diasporas. Edited by Seán McLoughlin, William Gould, Ananya Jahanara Kabir, et al. Routledge, 2014. ISBN: 9780415590242. [Preview with Google Books]

Source for class activity:

Llana, Sara Miller. “Amid Brexit Tumult over Immigration, Leicester Offers a Different Path,” Christian Science Monitor, June 22, 2016.

9 Religion and Diaspora

Hamid, Mohsin. The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Harvest Books, 2008. ISBN: 9780156034029. [Preview with Google Books]

Primary source for analysis paper #4:

Kureishi, Hanif. “My Son the Fanatic.” In Hanif Kureishi Collected Stories. Faber & Faber, 2011. ISBN: 9780571249824. 

Source for class activity:

Ahmed, Riz. “The Long Read: Typecast as a Terrorist,” The Guardian, September 15, 2016.

10 Individual Meetings with Instructor No readings or videos assigned
11 Individual Meetings with Instructor No readings or videos assigned
12 Presentations and Peer Commentary No readings or videos assigned 
13 Lunch & Wrap Up No readings or videos assigned

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