Southbound : essays on identity, inheritance, and social change / Anjali Enjeti.

Enjeti, Anjali [Browse]
  • Athens, Georgia : The University of Georgia Press, [2021]
  • ©2021
230 pages ; 22 cm.


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"A move at age ten from a Detroit suburb to Chattanooga in 1984 thrusts Anjali Enjeti into what feels like a new world replete with Confederate flags, Bible verses, and whiteness. It is here that she learns how to get her bearings as a mixed-race brown girl in the Deep South and begins to understand how identity can inspire, inform, and shape a commitment to activism. Her own evolution is a bumpy one, and along the way Enjeti, racially targeted as a child, must wrestle with her own complicity in white supremacy and bigotry as an adult. The twenty essays of her debut collection, Southbound, tackle white feminism at a national feminist organization, the early years of the AIDS epidemic in the South, voter suppression, gun violence and the gun sense movement, the whitewashing of southern literature, the 1982 racialized killing of Vincent Chin, social media's role in political accountability, evangelical Christianity's marriage to extremism, and the rise of nationalism worldwide. In our current era of great political strife, this timely collection by Enjeti, a journalist and organizer, paves the way for a path forward, one where identity drives coalition-building and social change."
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What are you? Where are you from? -- Part I: Identity. South bound -- Fraught feminism -- Anger like fire -- Virtual motherhood -- Reflecting Jasmine -- Part II: Inheritance. Recipe for a person -- Alias -- In memory of Vincent Chin: an elegy in nineteen acts -- Treatment -- Borderline -- On the unbearable whiteness of Southern literature -- Part III: Social change. Gun show -- To the extreme -- "Armchair" activism in the real world --Unnewsworthy -- One nation: on nationalism and resistance -- The little sanctuary in the shadow of ICE -- Reckoning with Georgia's increasing suppression of Asian American voters -- Identity as social change.
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  • 0820360066 ((softcover))
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