By Stanley I. Thangaraj
South Asian American males are usually not frequently depicted as excellent American males. they try opposed to well known representations as both threatening terrorists or geeky, effeminate machine geniuses. To wrestle such stereotypes, a few use activities as a method of acting a especially American masculinity. Desi Hoop Dreams specializes in South Asian-only basketball leagues universal in so much significant U.S. and Canadian towns, to teach that basketball, for those South Asian American avid gamers isn't easily a fanciful pastime, yet a way to navigate and show their identities in twenty first century America.
The participation of younger males in basketball is one platform between many for acting South Asian American identification. South Asian-only leagues and tournaments develop into areas within which to barter the relationships among masculinity, race, and country. whilst confronted with stereotypes that painting them as effeminate, avid gamers practice wearing feats at the courtroom to symbolize themselves as athletic. And although they draw on black cultural kinds, they rigorously set themselves off from African American avid gamers, who're deemed “too aggressive.” therefore, an analogous different types in their personal marginalization—masculinity, race, classification, and sexuality—are these by which South Asian American males exclude girls, queer masculinities, and working-class masculinities, in addition to different racialized masculinities, of their attempt to put declare to cultural citizenship.
One of the 1st works on masculinity formation and activity participation in South Asian American groups, Desi Hoop Dreams focuses on an American well known game to investigate the hassle of belonging inside of South Asian the USA specifically and within the U.S. in general.
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Desi Hoop Dreams: Pickup Basketball and the Making of Asian American Masculinity by Stanley I. Thangaraj