Master of Arts (M.A.)
Degree Granting Department
Government and International Affairs
Bernd Reiter, Ph.D.
Ella Schmidt, Ph.D.
Nicolas Thompson, Ph.D.
Re-ethnicization, Perceived Discrimination, Second-Generation Asian Indian
When discussing Asian Indian population in the U.S. their economic success and scholastic achievement dominates the discourse. Despite their perceived economic and scholastic success and their status as a “model minority”, Asian Indians experience discrimination, exclusion, and marginalization from mainstream American society. These experiences of discrimination and perceived discrimination are causing second generation Asian Indians to give up on total assimilation and re-ethnicize. They are using different pathways of re-ethnicization to re-claim and to create an ethnic identity. This thesis provides evidence, through secondary sources, that Asian Indians in the U.S. do experience discrimination or perceived discrimination, and it is historic, cultural, and systemic. This thesis also uses secondary sources to explain several pathways of re-ethnicization utilized by second generation Asian Indians who have given up on complete assimilation. The process of re-ethnicization provides second generation Asian Indians agency, positionality, and placement in American society. Asian Indians through re-ethnicization occupy and embrace the margins that separate mainstream American society and the Asian Indians community in the U.S. It allows them to act as “go –betweens”.
Scholar Commons Citation
Moorthy, Radha, "Re-ethnicization of Second Generation Non-Muslim Asian Indians in the U.S." (2017). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.