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Portrait of a Giving Community

Portrait of a Giving Community

Philanthropy by the Pakistani-American Diaspora

Adil Najam

ISBN 9780674023666

Publication date: 01/15/2007

Portrait of a Giving Community is based on a nationwide survey of the giving habits of Pakistani-Americans. This study, the first of its kind, not only examines the history, demography, and institutional geography of Pakistani-Americans but also looks at how this immigrant community manages its multiple identities through charitable giving and volunteering. It provides a snapshot in time of a generous and giving community whose philanthropy has become increasingly “American” without being less “Pakistani.”

Who are the Pakistani-Americans? What is the extent of their diaspora giving to Pakistan? What can be done to increase and channel their philanthropy for more equitable development in Pakistan? How much do they give within the U.S. and to causes unrelated to Pakistan? How does this community manage the hyphen in “Pakistani-American”? These are some of the questions that motivate this book.

Praise

  • A fascinating snapshot of immigration and assimilation in the context of the ‘War on Terror’ and the conflation of Islamic charities with terrorist activity. It throws a light on how Pakistani-Americans, a community often feared, maligned and otherwise misunderstood in the United States, address the twin questions of ‘What does it mean to be an American?’ and ‘What does it mean to be a global citizen?’ It also makes one consider the vast untapped potential to garner financial support for social development and poverty alleviation in the developing world from diaspora communities and individuals who think and act globally and locally.

    —A. A. Lund-Chaix, Voluntas

Author

  • Adil Najam is a Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Book Details

  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University

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