Asian Americans: South Asians
- Brij MohanBrij MohanBrij Mohan, Dean Emeritus, School of Social Work, Louisiana State University is “one the world’s leading social work intellectuals.” His professional trajectory spans over half a century (1960-). Before joining the Louisiana State University, first as a professor (1976) and then a Dean (1981-86), he taught at the universities of Lucknow (1964-1975) and Wisconsin (1975-1976). Dr. Mohan has earned international renown for his original contributions to international and comparative social welfare. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Comparative Social Welfare now published as the International Journal of Comparative Social Policy (earlier published as the Journal of International and Comparative Social Welfare [1985- 1985]) and New Global Development (1995-2005). Recently, the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi University, Varanasi, honored him with an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) for his outstanding contributions to social sciences. He also won NASW-LA’s Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. . He lately sought voluntary retirement from Louisiana State University as Dean Emeritus (www.brijmohan.org) to invest himself as a novelist. He is, most recently, the author of Society and Social Justice (2012), Development, Poverty of Culture and Social Policy (2011), Fallacies of Development: Crises of Human and Social Development (2007), Reinventing Social Work: The Metaphysics of Social Practice (2005), The Practice of Hope (2003), Social Work Revisited (2002), Unification of Social Work (1999) and Eclipse of Freedom (1993). His debut novel Death of an Elephant (2013) is due out shortly.
This entry briefly profiles the dynamic fusion, fluidity, and future of South Asians in America. While Diaspora India is emblematic of immigrant culture as a whole, South Asian duality still remains uniquely enigmatic. People from South Asia represent a confluence of diversity and complexity that calls for understanding and acceptance as a model to deconstruct a tolerant and successful pluralist society.