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Desi Hoop Dreams – Pickup Basketball and the Making of Asian American Masculinity - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Desi Hoop Dreams: Pickup Basketball and the Making of Asian American Masculinity

Stanley I. Thangaraj


South Asian American men are not usually depicted as ideal American men. They struggle against popular representations as either threatening terrorists or geeky, effeminate computer geniuses. To combat such stereotypes, some use sports as a means of performing a distinctly American masculinity. Desi Hoop Dreams focuses on the South Asian–only basketball leagues common in major U.S. and Canadian cities to show that basketball for these South Asian American players is not simply a hobby, but a means to navigate and express their identities in 21st-century America. The participation of young men ... More

Keywords: masculinity, South Asian America, sport, identity, nation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780814770351
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814770351.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stanley I. Thangaraj, author
City College of New York

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