2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

The Indian American Dream: A Cultural Perspective of Sejal Badani's Trail of Broken Wings
UmmeKulsoom Arif
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

In Sejal Badani?s Trail of Broken Wings, siblings Marin, Trisha, and Sonya were raised to succeed. Abused by their father, they were forced to be perfect beacons of success for the rest of their community?Indian immigrants living in America. This essay will explore the meaning of success by both Indian and American cultural standards, as well as answer the question of whether or not Marin, Trisha, and Sonya successfully achieved success by these standards. It will also explore the character of the girls? mother Ranee and whether she also managed to be a success by one or both standards.

Keywords: Badani, Model Minority Myth, Feminism, Racism, Abuse, Literature

Topic(s):Women's and Gender Studies
English
Asian-American Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: -1
Location: VH 1212
Time: 2:30

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