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Not Quite Not White

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2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Winner
"Captivating... [a] heartfelt account of how newcomers carve a space for themselves in the melting pot of America."

—Publishers Weekly
A first-generation immigrant's "intimate, passionate look at race in America" (Viet Thanh Nguyen), an American's journey into the heart of not-whiteness.

At the age of 12, Sharmila Sen emigrated from India to the U.S. The year was 1982, and everywhere she turned, she was asked to self-report her race - on INS forms, at the doctor's office, in middle school. Never identifying with a race in the India of her childhood, she rejects her new "not quite" designation - not quite white, not quite black, not quite Asian — and spends much of her life attempting to blend into American whiteness. But after her teen years trying to assimilate—watching shows like General Hospital and The Jeffersons, dancing to Duran Duran and Prince, and perfecting the art of Jell-O no-bake desserts—she is forced to reckon with the hard questions: What does it mean to be white, why does whiteness retain the magic cloak of invisibility while other colors are made hypervisible, and how much does whiteness figure into Americanness?
Part memoir, part manifesto, Not Quite Not White is a searing appraisal of race and a path forward for the next not quite not white generation —a witty and sharply honest story of discovering that not-whiteness can be the very thing that makes us American.

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Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

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  • Release date: August 28, 2018

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  • ISBN: 9781524705121
  • Release date: August 28, 2018

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  • ISBN: 9781524705121
  • File size: 2988 KB
  • Release date: August 28, 2018

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2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Winner
"Captivating... [a] heartfelt account of how newcomers carve a space for themselves in the melting pot of America."

—Publishers Weekly
A first-generation immigrant's "intimate, passionate look at race in America" (Viet Thanh Nguyen), an American's journey into the heart of not-whiteness.

At the age of 12, Sharmila Sen emigrated from India to the U.S. The year was 1982, and everywhere she turned, she was asked to self-report her race - on INS forms, at the doctor's office, in middle school. Never identifying with a race in the India of her childhood, she rejects her new "not quite" designation - not quite white, not quite black, not quite Asian — and spends much of her life attempting to blend into American whiteness. But after her teen years trying to assimilate—watching shows like General Hospital and The Jeffersons, dancing to Duran Duran and Prince, and perfecting the art of Jell-O no-bake desserts—she is forced to reckon with the hard questions: What does it mean to be white, why does whiteness retain the magic cloak of invisibility while other colors are made hypervisible, and how much does whiteness figure into Americanness?
Part memoir, part manifesto, Not Quite Not White is a searing appraisal of race and a path forward for the next not quite not white generation —a witty and sharply honest story of discovering that not-whiteness can be the very thing that makes us American.

Expand title description text