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A Future in Relation to the Other

A Future in Relation to the Other

Chapter:
(p.103) Chapter Four A Future in Relation to the Other
Source:
Desi Divas
Author(s):
Christine L. Garlough
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037320.003.0004

This chapter discusses the various hate crimes, and other forms of discrimination, that have emerged post-9/11. Among these hate crimes, a number of South Asian Americans have unfortunately also become targets for verbal insults and physical threats from both strangers and neighbors — sometimes even despite lifetimes spent participating in civic activities, building local relationships, or creating community connections. As a result, many South Asian Americans have taken to the streets, protesting through mass demonstrations that demand media attention. Others, however, have engaged in another form of political protest: performance art. This chapter thus considers this particular mode of protest, providing an ethnographic analysis of a semiautobiographical performance called Rise, performed by one Shyamala Moorty to address issues of racial profiling, xenophobic rhetoric, and hate crimes post-9/11.

Keywords:   hate crimes, discrimination, South Asian Americans, political protest, performance art, ethnographic analysis, Rise, Shyamala Moorty, racial profiling, xenophobic rhetoric

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