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Family Life

By Akhil Sharma

Family Life
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  • Hardcover: Apr 2014,
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Iselin, New Jersey: The Ethnoburb

Bollywood star Gulshan GroverIn Family Life, the Mishras make their home in the New Jersey suburb of Iselin. Iselin and its sister suburb, the township of Edison, are known to most Indians across the United States as the place to visit for anything Indian. It's here that you can indulge a craving for Mumbai street food, check out the latest fashions, or pick up a new Bollywood movie on DVD.

Ethnic enclaves, local regions with significant concentrations of people of a particular ethnicity have always been a part of the United States, a country made up of immigrants. These enclaves serve to cushion the harshness of immigration, giving residents a taste of the mother country before they get fully assimilated into the adopted one. While large urban centers have often served as pockets for ethnic enclaves (think Chinatown) increasingly, ethnoburbs which host concentrations of ethnicities in American suburbs, are becoming more prevalent. The term ethnoburb usually applies only in cases of non-white ethnic ...

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