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Redefining the Immigrant SouthIndian and Pakistani Immigration to Houston during the Cold War$
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Uzma Quraishi

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469655192

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655192.001.0001

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Finding Whiter and Browner Pastures in the Ethnoburbs, 1990s–2000s

Finding Whiter and Browner Pastures in the Ethnoburbs, 1990s–2000s

(p.199) Chapter Six Finding Whiter and Browner Pastures in the Ethnoburbs, 1990s–2000s
Redefining the Immigrant South

Uzma Quraishi

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 6 sheds light on the ways Houstonians navigated their city in response to demographically changing schools and neighborhoods, again reinforcing existing class-and race-based segregation. It examines the terms and coded racial language (“suburbs,” “good neighborhoods,” “poor people,” etc.) that characterized residential decisions or micro-migrations across the city, showing how they were loaded with meaning. The chapter interrogates the actions of South Asian Americans as a window into Houstonians’ views of race, the city, and its environs in the aftermath of de jure racial segregation to the present, highlighting how the processes of white and brown suburban flight upheld de facto segregation.

Keywords:   brown flight, racial language, coded language, micro-migration, de facto segregation, racial segregation

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