Essays and Interviews
Many South Asian women writers engage with the overall quest for survival, which can be affiliated with all the themes expressed in this volume: trauma, diaspora, injustice, resistance, place, space, language, and identity. The texts discussed herein contribute to the ongoing discourse related to such themes in postcolonial studies and transnational literature, and could be used in courses on South Asian literature, women’s writing, postcolonial studies and literature, and world or transnational literature.
9. Hybridity and the Politics of Identity in the Writings/Texts of Diasporic South Asian Women
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In Tahira Naqvi’s short story “Brave We Are,” a Pakistani-American woman tries to define the word hybrid to her son. While defining the word, she continues cooking her own hybrid food arrangement of Pakistani spaghetti. She thinks nothing of her son associating different items together to arrive at the meaning of hybrid until he gives a reference to a human being:
“Mom, Ammi,” he asks, the little boy Kasim who is my son, who has near-black eyes and whose buck teeth give him a Bugs Bunny look when his mouth is open, as it is now, in query. “What does hybrid mean?”
“Yea, hybrid. Do you know what it means?” …
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