May Joseph and Mississippi Masala Essay
Today’s world is characterized by a global environment of rootlessness. Political upheavals, poverty, and opportunity cause populations to shift and move, and people that are citizens of one country to move to another. The resulting disconnect between the traditions of their homeland that they have internalized, experiencing these as “home,” and the new environment that they move to where the culture is vastly different calls into question what “home” really is, and what citizenship means.
In her book Nomadic Identities: The Performance of Citizenship, May Joseph explores the issues of migrancy and displacement among modern peoples. She contends that citizenship “is not organic but must be acquired …show more content…
However, just as the characters in the story are multicultural, some of them are also multiracial. Mina, for example, has both Indian and African blood. She tells her mother that she is a “darkie daughter” (Nair). At the same time, she is multilingual. When she and her mother go to the grocery store, her mother addresses her in Hindi, but she replies to her in English. This makes Mina emblematic of the nomadic citizen who has not only lived in multiple