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Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place

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Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place

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“Commands your attention from the first page to the last word.” —Morgan Jerkins

When Neema Avashia tells people where she’s from, their response is nearly always a disbelieving “There are Indian people in West Virginia?” A queer Asian American teacher and writer, Avashia fits few Appalachian stereotypes. But the lessons she learned in childhood about race and class, gender and sexuality continue to inform the way she moves through the world today: how she loves, how she teaches, how she advocates, how she struggles.

Another Appalachia examines both the roots and the resonance of Avashia’s identity as a queer desi Appalachian woman, while encouraging readers to envision more complex versions of both Appalachia and the nation as a whole. With lyric and narrative explorations of foodways, religion, sports, standards of beauty, social media, gun culture, and more, Another Appalachia mixes nostalgia and humor, sadness and sweetness, personal reflection and universal questions.

Neema Avashia was born and raised in southern West Virginia to parents who immigrated to the United States. She has been a middle school teacher in the Boston Public Schools since 2003. Her essays have appeared in the Bitter SouthernerCatapultKenyon Review Online, and elsewhere.

ISBN: 9781952271427

ISBN-10: 9781952271427

Publisher: West Virginia University Press

Publication Date: 03/01/2022 - 12:00am

On Sale: 03/01/2022 - 12:00am

Pages: 168

Language: English

Categories

Biography & Autobiography / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / Asian & Asian American

Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs