A part, yet apart: South Asians in Asian America by Lavina Dhingra Shankar, Rajini Srikanth

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A spate of South Asian American anthologies further underscores the voicing of literary energy by post1965 South Asian Americans and their offspring: Our Feet Walk the Sky: Women of t he South Asian Diaspora (1993), A Lotus of Another Color: An Unfolding of the South Asian Gay and Lesbian Experience (1993), Her Mother's Ashes (1994), Living in America: Poetry and Fiction by South Asian American Writers (1995), and Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America (1996).  . [and for making] Asian American studies programs pause and think carefully about inclusion and development strategies for Asian communities such as those of South Asians (100)"is also applicable to the others who have followed the initiative of the young editors.

For a good discussion of this, see Adams, The Boston Money Tree. 8. From the infamous anti-Barry Goldwater campaign ad to the current Terminator films. 9. Information Please Almanac 1996, 384. 10. , Jr. The Boston Money Tree. New York: Crowell, 1977. , Jr. Old Money: The Mythology of America's Upper Class. New York: Knopf, 1988. Information Please Almanac 1996. Otto Johnson, ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995. Lee, Sharon M. S. 1 (Jan. 1993): 7494. Sheth, Manju. " In Asian Americans: Contemporary Trends and Issues, edited by Pyong Gap Min.

My Own Country (1994) reveals Verghese's metaphoric search for a home through his doctoring as he compares his quest for belonging with the AIDS patients' return to their original homes from centers of gay life in San Francisco and New York. Verghese doesn't refer to himself as Asian American, but he is acutely conscious of himself as a "foreign" doctor, one of many overseas-trained physicians from South Asia and the Philippines. His work defies easy categorization, but Ruth Hsiao's essay in this volume makes a case for why it should be read as Asian American literature.

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