Students felt that their parents did not understand that they wanted to make their own choices regarding career and marriage
(PRWEB) September 14, 2011
Vidya Books LLC, multi cultural books, is proud to announce the release of the book “This Freedom.” The novel is written by Rashmi Sharma Singh and will soon be released simultaneously as an eBook on Vidyabooks.com and an iBook on Apple. The novel is currently available as a print on demand book from Ingram/ Lightning Source and Amazon.
“This novel examines the lives of a fictional family of immigrants from the Indian subcontinent, as they each adapt to life in the U.S., and bravely become part of ‘E Pluribus Unum,’” says the author Rashmi Sharma Singh. “It explores what freedom means to this model minority and how Americanization sometimes works in the individual lives of South Asian Americans. The multi-generational approach in this novel keeps the reader’s interest, and truly makes strides in understanding this segment of American society.”
The author had the idea for the book more than 20 years ago when she served on two panels at conferences held by South Asian American students at the University of California-Berkeley and Stanford University. There she observed and heard first-hand about the dissonance and divide between the first generation of South Asian Americans. This caused her, as an immigrant parent, to take special notice.
“Students felt that their parents did not understand that they wanted to make their own choices regarding career and marriage," adds Singh. “They complained that their wanting to be anything other than a doctor or an engineer, or to marry a person of their choice, went over like a ton of bricks.”
Having taught Written and Oral Analysis, and Peace Studies to undergraduates at Sonoma State University for more than a decade, Singh decided that she wanted to take a fictional look at the real problem.
“My hope is that this book will bring about greater dialog and increased understanding,” says Singh. “I hope this novel elicits empathy for all immigrants from anywhere both legal and illegal. I hope this leads to a greater empathy among all segments of the melting pot that is American society.”
A prominent professor emeritus at Sonoma State University and author thoroughly enjoyed the novel.
“We usually read about the problems of immigrants' children, but not much about the immigrant parents - and if we do read about them - not with much compassion. The two Thanksgiving episodes are really moving. The interweaving of the number of stories is wonderful,” stated Roshni Rustomji-Kerns, Professor Emerita at Sonoma State University, editor of “Blood Into Ink", and "Living in America.”
To learn more about the book, how to get it, or any of the other fine publications by Vidya Books, LLC, such as immigration stories and India history, contact them at 510-250-3716 or visit them on the web at http://www.vidyabooks.com.
About Vidya Books LLC
Vidya Books, LLC, children's books, is a small press that has recently expanded and flourished by expanding their list to go beyond the online textbook supplementary materials market. They have also been reborn in an electronic format, with a print on demand option available.