Narratives of South Asian and South Asian American Social Justice Educators carries the voices of faculty in higher education. Caught between the stereotypes of the model minority and invisibleness, the authors narrate their triumphs, trials and tribulations as social justice educators in US teacher education and in allied fields. Their autoethnography-based narratives substantiate that a racial America is far from over. Stemming from their experiences in classrooms and in the community, the authors offer usable strategies to educators and administrators, with the objective of creating a socially just society.
Anita Rao Mysore is associate professor at Christ University, Bengaluru, India.
Anita Rao Mysore
Section 1: Experiences of social justice educators who were born in the USA
Chapter One: The Necessity of Critical Femtoring: Practicing DesiCrit as a Punjabi American Professor
Chapter Two: Navigating South Asian/Desi Identity as a Teacher Educator in Silicon Valley
Saili S. Kulkarni
Section 2: Experiences of social justice educators who immigrated to the USA as children
Chapter Three: “The game is rigged”: Promoting economic literacy to fight inequity
Anand R. Marri
Chapter Four: Roots and Branches: (Always) Becoming a Social Justice Educator Committed to Anti-racist Teaching and Research
Section 3: Experiences of social justice educators who immigrated to the USA for higher education
Chapter Five: Grappling with the Complexities of Decolonization, Equity, and Education Betwixt and Between: Some Thoughts from a South Asian American Scholar
Chapter Six: Experiencing the Margins as Freedom and Limitation: A First Generation Immigrant Perspective
Chapter Seven: Navigating Diversity Faultlines as a South Asian Immigrant Multicultural Teacher Educator
Chapter Eight: My Diverse Self: Learning, Unlearning and Re-Learning
Chapter Nine: Looking Back, Looking Forward
About the Contributors
Profoundly startling are these humble, generous stories that reflect both universality and uniqueness in the journeys and lifework of scholars at the cutting edge of anti-oppressive education. Anita Rao Mysore and colleagues offer us a collection of Narratives of South Asian and South Asian American Social Justice Educators that is both compelling and unsettling, both eye-opening and inspiring, both lyrical and interventionist. Their narratives teach -- and show us just how much more we have to learn.
Narratives of South Asian and South Asian American Social Justice Educators is a timely and powerful book that brings together many leading scholars from the South Asian diaspora in North America. With their focus on the politics of justice, the life stories gathered here offer a rich and politically important challenge to stereotypes of South Asians.