Desi Land Teen Culture, Class, and Success in Silicon Valley

ISBN-10: 0822343150
ISBN-13: 9780822343158
Edition: 2008
Authors: Shalini Shankar
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 10/27/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Desi Landis Shalini Shankar's lively ethnographic account of South Asian American teen culture during the Silicon Valley dot-com boom. Shankar focuses on how South Asian Americans, or "Desis," define and manage what it means to be successful in a place brimming with the promise of technology. Between 1999 and 2001 Shankar spent many months "kickin' it" with Desi teenagers at three Silicon Valley high schools, and she has since followed the lives and stories of these teens. The diverse high-school students who populateDesi Landare Muslims, Hindus, Christians, and Sikhs from South Asia and other diasporic locations; they include first-to-fourth generation immigrants whose parents' careers vary from assembly-line workers to engineers and CEOs. By analyzing how Desi teens' conceptions and realization of success are influenced by community values, cultural practices, language use, and material culture, she offers a nuanced portrait of diasporic formations in a transforming urban region.Whether discussing instant messaging or arranged marriages, Desi bling or the pressures of the model minority myth, Shankar foregrounds the teens' voices, perspectives, and stories. She investigates how Desi teens interact with dialogue and songs from Bollywood films as well as how they use their heritage language in ways that inform local meanings of ethnicity while they also connect to a broader South Asian diasporic consciousness. She analyzes how teens negotiate rules about dating and reconcile them with their longer-term desire to become adult members of their communities. InDesi LandShankar not only shows how Desi teens of different socioeconomic backgrounds are differently able to succeed in Silicon Valley schools and economies but also how such variance affects meanings of race, class, and community for South Asian Americans.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Welcome to Desi Land
California, Here We Come, Right Back Where We Started From
Defining Desi Teen Culture
Living and Desiring Desi Bling Life
Desi Fashions of Speaking
Being FOBulous on Multicultural Day
Remodeling the Model Minority Stereotype
Dating on the DL and Arranged Marriages
In the New Millennium
Postscript
Student Interview
Faculty Interview
Parent and Relative Interview
Student Survey
Notes
Glossary of Hindi and Punjabi Terms
Bibliography
Index

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