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Title:Second-Generation South Asian Muslims in the United States
Author(s):Baig, Yasmeen
AAS199 F07
Abstract:This paper unlocked many of the values and beliefs held by young second generation South Asian Muslims in the United States. Especially fascinating were their views on marriage, language, family and culture. This paper also made an effort to compare and contrast the respondents’ views to one another. Since research on this group of people and these topics has thus far been limited, this paper will serve to open the door to more research in the future. Initially, this research project involved using the concept of “culture shock” to assess the assimilation of second generation South Asian Muslim immigrants. However, as my research will demonstrate, culture shock does not necessarily influence one’s connection to one’s native land. This particular demographic of second generation South Asian Muslim immigrants, although very particular in nature, actually represents a wide range of ideas, opinions and beliefs.
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:AAS 199, Asian American Chicago, Prof. Junaid Rana: The city of Chicago is home to many Asian Americans defined broadly from those that hail from East Asia to South Asia to West Asia. In this course, students examine the multiplicity of the Asian American experience through specific communities and their history in Chicago. By centering on neighborhoods and communities we look at the populations that constitute places like Chinatown, Koreatown, and Devon Street. Expanding our definitions of the city based on the North side, South side, West Side, etc., and the city and the suburbs, students explore the relationship of Asian Americans across definitions of an imagined Chicago and Chicagoland. The course material cover a wide array of topics to examine the changing contours of Asian American communities such as housing, migration, segregation, and racialization. Further this course examines the relationship of Asian Americans in relationship to the historically racialized groups in Chicago. Each student in this class is part of an important research project to document the role of the U of I in student life and the communities they come from. The course syllabus is available at:
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-06-03

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    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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