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Partly ColoredAsian Americans and Racial Anomaly in the Segregated South$
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Leslie Bow

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791325

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791325.001.0001

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Continuums, Mobility, Places on the Train

(p.229) Afterword
Partly Colored

Leslie Bow

NYU Press

This afterword describes two notions of segregation that were published in the form of memoirs in the New York Times Magazine. In the first essay, “American Dreams,” food becomes the occasion to recall racial segregation in South Africa in its global context. The second essay is about a western woman's experience in Egypt. In “The Comfort of Strangers,” G. Willow Wilson narrates how women find a safe haven in gender-segregated train cars. In the American context, these essays are separated by a moral gulf. South Africa's example is meant to confirm what Americans already know about racial segregation, while the Egyptian anecdote is meant to level American superiority by asking a presumably biased audience to consider a benefit of gender separation: the erasure of other divisions.

Keywords:   racial segregation, New York Times Magazine, American Dreams, gender-segregation, moral gulf, South Africa, Egypt

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