Culture and Ethics


1.In her essay To Be Young, Brown, and Hip discuss how Sunaina Maira points out that South Asian youth produce ways of being female and male that are problematic in the space of remix dance and music. How according to Maira are women and men constructed as partners on the dance floor and then as marriage partners?

2. In her essay A View of Post-9/11 Justice From Below Monisha Das Gupta discusses the ways in which South Asians speak up and speak out to challenge the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim attitudes that prevailed after 9/11. What different strategies are used by cab drivers in NYC in order to educate the dominant culture that renders them terrorists?

3.In her article, Youth Culture, Citizenship and Globalization Sunaina Maira analyzes the responses of Muslim youth grappling with their changed realities after 9/11. Select any ONE concept of citizenship—a) flexible, b) polycultural or c) dissenting, as practiced by the South Asian youth, with specific examples. Discuss how young people practice/express these forms of citizenship in order to affirm and validate their space of belonging.

4.A. Discuss how the video Wild Woman in the Woods can be seen as an act of empowerment since Priya inserts her queer hybrid identity through a hybrid Goddess into a sacred space which has always excluded queer identity. Discuss the rejection and later acceptance of Priya’s queer hybrid identity in an alternate, new sacred space.
4B. Discuss how the narrator of Out On Main Street playfully uses language to parody people within the South Asian diasporic community. Through playful language how does the narrator assert her Indo-Trinidadian queer identity. Discuss Mr. Chum Chum and Giraffebai.

5. Discuss Sandra Chatterjee’s comment about the challenges posed by D’Lo’s female masculinity: “she owns a masculinity that is desirable by many diasporic men, when, according to the rules of the dominant imagination of diaspora and nation, she should be embodying its opposite, in order to reproduce diasporic domesticity, through pure and chaste, soft-spoken and coy femininity” (Chatterjee 449).
Select two distinct and separate points from Sandra Chatterjee’s essay Impossible Hosting, enumerate your points and discuss them in separate paragraphs.

6.In Immigrant Status and Marital Violence, Margaret Abraham examines Acts/policies/laws in relation to the lives of immigrant women who are in abusive situations.
Select and discuss any one Act starting with the Hart-Cellar Act of 1965 as explained by Abraham. Provide specific details of how the Act gives total power to the abusive citizen or LPR spouse and how the Act has in-built problems that affect the circumstances of the abused spouse.