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Desi Hoop DreamsPickup Basketball and the Making of Asian American Masculinity$
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Stanley I. Thangaraj

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770351

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770351.001.0001

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(p.203) Conclusion
Desi Hoop Dreams

Stanley I. Thangaraj

NYU Press

The conclusion looks at the greatest threats to this form of South Asian American masculinity. One threat to masculinity is the exclusive nature of the sporting space, which is neither fully translatable to nor appreciated by the larger South Asian American community in particular and the United States in general. The chapter looks at the futures and future hero-making like a possible “Indian Yao Ming” that South Asian American athletes dream of in Canada and in India as a way to foreground South Asian American sporting masculinity as cultural foundation. They long for an Indian in the NBA as a way to dismantle localized experiences of marginalization. Another threat arises from the increasing number of South Asians arriving on U.S. shores and how that is related to the increasing number of co-ethno-religious leagues rather than a general desi space like Indo-Pak Basketball.

Keywords:   India, Yao Ming, NBA, hero-making, threats to masculinity

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