Life Behind the Lobby Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream

ISBN-10: 0804778833
ISBN-13: 9780804778831
Edition: 2012
Authors: Pawan Dhingra
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Description: Indian Americans own about half of all the motels in the United States. Even more remarkable, most of these motel owners come from the same region in India and—although they are not all related—seventy percent of them share the surname of Patel.  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 4/25/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Indian Americans own about half of all the motels in the United States. Even more remarkable, most of these motel owners come from the same region in India and—although they are not all related—seventy percent of them share the surname of Patel. Most of these motel owners arrived in the United States with few resources and, broadly speaking, they are self-employed, self-sufficient immigrants who have become successful—they live the American dream.However, framing this group as embodying the American dream has profound implications. It perpetuates the idea of American exceptionalism—that this nation creates opportunities for newcomers unattainable elsewhere—and also downplays the inequalities of race, gender, culture, and globalization immmigrants continue to face. Despite their dominance in the motel industry, Indian American moteliers are concentrated in lower- and mid-budget markets.Life Behind the Lobbyexplains Indian Americans' simultaneous accomplishments and marginalization and takes a close look at their own role in sustaining that duality.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Building the Diaspora
Reaching for the American Dream
Business Hardships and Immigrant Realities
Professional Appearances and Backstage Hierarchies
The Possibility of Belonging
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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