“[Prashad] has set the standard by which future works on the Asian diaspora must be judged.”
—Abraham Verghese, My Own Country and Cutting for Stone
On the tenth anniversary of the publication of his celebrated work The Karma of Brown Folk, Vijay Prashad traces his intellectual journey from that work to his newly released Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today (New Press, 2012), which reframes The Karma of Brown Folk’s pivotal question (“How does it feel to be a solution?”) to consider post-9/11 paranoia, the rise of South Asian Americans in the Republican Party, and South Asian migrant laborers in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Vijay Prashad is a Professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. His most recent books are Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today (New Press), Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (AK Press) and, with Qalandar Bux Memon and Madiha Tahir, Dispatches from Pakistan (Leftword Books). He writes regularly for Counterpunch, Frontline, and Asia Times.
Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, American Studies Certificate Program at the CUNY Graduate Center, Office of the President at the CUNY Graduate Center, Mellon Committee on Globalization and Social Change, CUNY Hunter College Asian American Studies Program, and CUNY Asian American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI).