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

Friday, Dec. 1,

9:30am – 10:30am, in Teams

“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” (https://www.amazon.com/Another-Appalachia-Coming-Indian-Mountain/dp/1952271428/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3P350FUH8VDW3&keywords=another+appalachia+by+neema+avashia&qid=1700264641&sprefix=another+appa%2Caps%2C150&sr=8-1).

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