Bhangra Remix: East Meets West Research Paper by TPatel

Bhangra Remix: East Meets West
A discussion of the identity crisis among second generation South Asian teenagers and its expression in a new genre of music, bhangra remix.
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This paper describes, with examples from interviews, how the children of south Asian immigrants are torn in two directions by the Western culture surrounding them outside the home and the Indian culture in which their parents raise them. The author explains how these fractured identities resist classification as just Indian or just Western and have found expression in a vague combination of the two. One form of this expression has been the evolution of a new genre of music, known as bhangra remix, which contains both Western and Indian elements. The author discusses how this combination reflects the presence of both types of elements in the identities of this group of second generation south Asian teenagers.

From the Paper:

"In order to explore the relationship between bhangra remix and these second generation south Asian teenagers, I used a variety of sources, both secondary and primary. Primary sources were participant observation of a party thrown by the kids of south Asian immigrants to America and interviews with some of the participants. All the interviewed people were second generation south Asian teenagers. Secondary sources were a variety of articles written by scholars regarding the subject."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Bhangra". 2007. Oxford Music Online. Date visited: December 3, 2008.
  • Banerji, Sabita. May 1988. Ghazals to Bhangra in Great Britain. Popular Music. 7(2)
  • Foran, Charles. January 2006. Bhangra beat. Canadian Geographic. 126(1)
  • Maira, Sunaina Marr. 2002. Desis in the House: Indian American Youth Culture in New York City. Philadelphia: Temple University Press
  • Manuel, Peter. "Bhangra." Oxford Music Online. Updated 2007. Visited December 3, 2008.

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