Mississippi Masala and Transnational Identity

Mina’s father struggled with the fact that he associated his homeland and best way of life with being in a land that no longer accepted him. It created distrust for a group of people he at one point considered his own. Even though they  may not have been the same color or have the same heritage, it was experience and love that made Uganda his home. At one point he says, “Uganda first, India second” classifying himself with his peers and experience over blood and heritage.

Being forced to leave this home, Mina’s father wanted to protect her when she professed she was in love with a African American man and forbids the coupling by telling her, “People stick to their own kind, which I’ve learned through time.” After his best friend told him Africa was only a place for black Africans, it is easy to understand why he became jaded. But, in trying to protect Mina, he almost made her lose out on a opportunity for love and happiness. Having a transnational background is what allowed Mina to be so open minded about falling in love with a black American, and this wouldn’t have been possible if her father hadn’t opened her eyes to so many different cultures and ethnicities. Transnationalism, the thing that created the most inner turmoil for Mina’s father, was also the thing that brought his daughter a bright future.


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