Redefining the Immigrant South: Indian and Pakistani Immigration to Houston during the Cold War


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University of North Carolina Press
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6.14 X 9.21 X 0.75 inches | 1.13 pounds

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About the Author

Uzma Quraishi is assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University.


This book provides greater nuance to historical studies of Asians in the South, but it also reiterates the significance of an intersectional and relational approach to the study of racial formation.--CHOICE

Quraishi's study of Indian and Pakistani immigration to Houston is not limited to the Cold War, and the migration patterns of South Asian Americans in the area continue to evolve to this day. Overall, Redefining the Immigrant South is a welcome contribution to a growing body of literature in Texas community studies.--Southwestern Historical Quarterly

An expansive transnational history. . . . A wonderful contribution to a growing collection of ethnic southern histories that examine the region's global connections, legacies of antiblackness, marginalization of Asian and Latinx communities, and the South's diverse metropolitan spaces.--The Metropole

Quraishi has offered a detailed history that situates South Asian migration to Houston within larger global, national, and regional histories... This is a nuanced story that both documents achievement and success while demonstrating the extent to which South Asian migrants during the Cold War benefitted from national civil rights and immigration reform..." - Diplomatic History

Engaging...a helpful book for scholars of South Asian studies to understand this diaspora's complex racial, ethnic, and religious positioning - and long historical presence - in America." - South Asian Diaspora

Quraishi has written a well-documented and engaging book. It was a pleasure to read. She studies the first generation of South Asians in Houston after 1965 and gives a picture that is not common among histories of immigration." - The Journal of Southern History