COURT RULES HINDU NOT A ‘WHITE PERSON’; Bars High Caste Native of India From Naturalization as an American Citizen.–NY Times, February 20, 1923
The 1923 naturalization case, United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind, has become a flashpoint for multiple analyses of South Asian racialization in the United States, at times positioned as evidence of Asian exclusion and eventual triumph and, at others, an attempt to “claim whiteness” and inclusion through leveraging racist and casteist ideologies. In One Century After Thind, a special issue of UC Press’s journal Ethnic Studies Review, a group of scholars led by Guest Editors Soniya Munshi and Linta Varghese revisit Thind and in doing so, take up broader questions regarding migration, citizenship, caste, racialization, and naturalization. This special issue is freely accessible for a limited time.
Table of Contents
One Century After Thind: An Introduction
Soniya Munshi, Linta Varghese
US v. Thind and the Rhetorical Labors of “Where Are You From?”
Andrew Parayil Boge
Thind and Belonging across the Edges of Time
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Ethnic Studies Review–the official publication of the Association for Ethnic Studies–is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary forum on all aspects of ethnic studies, including social movements, migration, media and communication, as well as the variety of current issues important to our diverse communities. ESR publishes research articles, book reviews, and commentary, and also creative works by artists, educators, community leaders and organizations.
Editor: Natchee Barnd, Oregon State University