Eyes of the Storms: The Voices of South Asian-American Women

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Eyes of the Storms explores second-generation South-Asian American women and their perceptions of daily social practices in the United States. The book is a blend of theoretical critique, political analysis, and young peoples' stories, based on a year-long feminist ethnography with a cross-national sample of twenty-five women. Spending a day in the life of each woman, the author ate and drank with them, and talked at length about issues including work, families, food, clothing, partners, and the feelings associated with being a child of immigrants. This research is the sustaining foundation of Eyes of the Storms, and addresses the meaning of national belonging, and lack of belonging. Eyes of the Storms focuses on both conceptual and theoretical perspectives of the social, economic, cultural, aesthetic, and political dimensions of transnational migration. It links the experiences of young people to theoretical analysis, and engages readers through personal, readable essays. The topical focus of the work lends itself to clear-sighted examination of pressing contemporary issues. Suitable for undergraduate and graduate- level students, Eyes of the Storms can be used in courses in anthropology, sociology, Asian-American studies, and feminist studies. This notable work has received several honors including: Selection by the South Asian Literary and Theatre Arts Festival for exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Selection by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs for a book reading at their Annual Conference in 2012 Selection as the Outstanding Faculty Publication of the Year at California State University, Fresno in 2009 (This honor was awarded to Chapter Eight of the book.)