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February 25th, 2008

A Guarded Recommendation @ 01:13 pm

missrachael:

I picked a book at random and read it on Saturday, and despite the fact that it is well-written, fast-paced, and has boy appeal, I hesitate to recommend it. Why? Because Lowji Discovers America is a book about an Indian boy written by an American woman with no discernible Indian background, and I find that troubling.

I feel like a real stick-in-the-mud because of this, but I just can't see myself recommending this book to an actual child. In the case of an Indian or Indian American child, it would feel presumptuous to say, "Here is my country's take on your cultural experience." In the case of a child from a different background, I would worry that I'm promoting an inaccurate portrait of another culture's experience. Lowji's voice rings true to me, but then I am also an American woman with no discernible Indian background.

So, there you have it. Lowji Discovers America is a refreshingly light-hearted look at what it's like for a nine-year-old Indian boy to move to a small town in Illinois, but it's by a white chick, so do with that what you will.

(P.S. - This South Asian woman doesn't have a problem with it, so maybe it's just me.
 
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From:elevenoclock
Date:February 25th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
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My daughter loves The Road to Mumbai by Ruth Jeyaveeran.

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