How May I Help You?

How May I Help You?

An Immigrant's Journey From MBA to Minimum Wage

Book - 2017
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How May I Help You? is Deepak Singh's insightful and thought-provoking account of disillusionment when, as an educated upper-class Indian, he moves with his American wife to the United States and discovers that America doesn't care if he has an MBA from India or had worked for the BBC. Like many immigrants before him, Singh discovers that in America employers only trust him with a minimum wage job as a clerk, but his disappointment and embarrassment soon give way to shock when he realizes that in this world of low-wage work he is joined not merely by other immigrants, but by many Americans, a whole swath of the citizenry who goes unacknowledged and unassisted in their struggles to make a living wage. In sincere and straightforward prose, Singh takes the reader along on his journey full of dismay and compassion when the expectations he had of the United States, built around interactions in India with well-educated, affluent expatriates, collide with the reality of a coworker who must skip lunch until payday and the customers who buy in anticipation of a paycheck.
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9780520293311
Characteristics: xviii, 263 pages ; 21 cm


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In this moving and insightful work, Deepak Singh chronicles his downward mobility as an immigrant to a small town in Virginia. Armed with an MBA from India, Singh can get only a minimum-wage job in an electronics store. Every day he confronts unfamiliar American mores, from strange idioms to deep... Read More »

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Dec 20, 2016

It never ceases to amaze me when I have encountered many Chinese, Indians and other immigrants over the years - - from countries which have been the recipient of large numbers of offshored American jobs, and jobs created there by American corporations - - who believe the USA must be chock full of jobs because they [the corporations and government] send so many to economically lower wage countries! No, America is not a meritocracy, my friend . . . .


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