Category Crisis: South Asian Americans and Questions of Race and Ethnicity

  title={Category Crisis: South Asian Americans and Questions of Race and Ethnicity},
  author={Susan Koshy},
  journal={Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies},
  pages={285 - 320}
  • Susan Koshy
  • Published 1 December 1998
  • Sociology
  • Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies
The identity of South Asians in the United States has proved to be problematic, both for the self-identification of the group and for the identifying institutions and popular perceptions of the host society. As a result, a certain exceptionalism (commonly indexed as ambiguity) has come to attach itself to the historiography of South Asian American racial formation. This exceptionalism, in turn, has formed the ground for two competing constructions of South Asian American racial identity that… 

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