Calif. election & bilingual education

Rakesh Bhandari bhandari at phoenix.Princeton.EDU
Fri Jun 5 08:13:16 PDT 1998

There are severe class divisions among Indo Americans; you'll find quite a few medical doctors and senior engineers who have all the prejudices of their class (among whom I count my Silicon Valley parents); they don't fraternize at all with the South Asian motel owners and, even more so, the cabbie wage laborers. And if they employ other South Asians to work in their restaurants or in their homes, the elite Indians are capable of degrading their workers to the utmost, despite (or because of their shared) ethnicity. It's nonsensical to speak of a South Asian community or any other unified Asian-American community--Peter Kwong has written a couple of important books which illuminate the nature of class conflict within Chinatowns for example. Best, Rakesh

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