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Good Girls Marry Doctors : South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion (Paperback)

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Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion, edited by Piyali Bhattacharya, is the first anthology that examines the idea of tiger parenting from the perspective of the daughter. The irreverent title is a reference to the stereotypical ultimate "achievement" of the Good South Asian Girl: marriage into the right family, coupled with choosing the right profession (or marrying someone who chose the right profession). The voices in this volume reveal that "Good Girl" is an identity of contradictions. Though she may be a woman not necessarily obsessed with filial piety, she feels indebted to her parents for the sacrifices they've made by immigrating, and the opportunities she's been presented through a foundation they built. This burden of debt makes it nearly impossible to carve out her own identity.

There is currently almost no published work written by South Asian American daughters on the pain of having a partner, a career decision, or one's very identity or sexuality torn to shreds by a parent.Good Girls Marry Doctors will be a tool for those who need it mosta how-to guide for women looking to create their own futures. These are truthful stories, difficultand joyous, from women who have found their way through the dark and murky territory of carving out an individual path; stories that will undoubtedly empower those women who, even now, are being forced into lives they did not choose.


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