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Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian American Professionals and the Challenge of Multiple Identities / Edition 1

Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian American Professionals and the Challenge of Multiple Identities / Edition 1

by Pawan Dhingra
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How do people handle contrasting self-conceptions? Do they necessarily compartmentalize personal lives from professional lives? Do minority and immigrant groups, in particular, act "ethnic" at home, "American" at work, "racial" in pan-ethnic spaces? Managing Multicultural Lives moves past this common assumption and demonstrates how minorities actually bring together contrasting identities.

Using the words and experiences of Indian American and Korean American professionals themselves, Pawan Dhingra eloquently shows how people break down the popular "margins vs. mainstream" conception of group identity and construct a "lived hybridity." He offers new insight into minorities' experiences at work, home, and leisure and in civil society. These Asian Americans' ability to handle group boundaries fluidly leads them to both resist and support stratified social patterns. It also indicates new, more nuanced understandings of immigrant adaptation, multiculturalism, and identity management that pertain to multiple types of immigrant groups.

About the Author:
Pawan Dhingra is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Comparative American Studies at Oberlin College

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900804755787
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Edition description: 1
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Pawan Dhingra is Associate Professor of Sociology at Oberlin College and Museum Curator (2011-2012) at the Smithsonian Institution.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Opening Up the Margins in the Mainstream     1
Uncovering Asian Americans: Examining Korean Americans and Indian Americans in Texas     16
Growing Up Takes (Identity) Work: Developing Ethnic Identities     44
Model Americans and Minorities: Racial Identities and Responses to Racism     84
Multiculturalism on the Job: The Work Domain     124
Aspiring to Authenticity: The Home Domain     157
Becoming Cultural Citizens: The Leisure and Civil Society Domains     189
Conclusion: Reconciling Identities, Recognizing Constraints     226
Questions     253
Notes     259
Bibliography     285
Index     309

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