A timeline representing the struggles I faced trying to adapt to the American culture
What was it like living in India?
Baji or didi
Sign of disrespect?
What is a step-mother/father?
Immigrated to the US
“Indian norms placed a high value on marriage, divorce is uncommon, so the poverty that comes with single-parent households is diminished” (A singular population…).
Columbus Business School
"The land of opportunities"
"Focus on school"
"Arranged marriage is the way to go"
Strong scents from home
Insecurity of bad smell
What is that smell?
Absence of my father
The responsibility of the house upon my shoulders
Have to stay home majority of the times
As Das (2002) states, “Asian Indian immigrants…adopted American clothes, manners, …and began to ‘behave like an American’” (147).
Where am I today?
I am an individual who has many responsibility in my household due to being the only other male.
I realized that I do not have to give up one culture for another. I can accommodate both and determine the best solution to keep myself as well as my family pleased.
Acculturation through relationships allowed me to fit into the American culture.
The difference in food taught me to appreciate the amount of effort my mom puts into her food and the temporary absence of my father brought responsibility.
The absence made me realize that I have to learn to be on my own sometimes.
But through the accommodation of two, I continue on to do everything I can to keep myself involved with both cultures without sacrificing the responsibilities that I have being Indian.
A singular population: Indian immigrants in America (2017, February 22). Columbia Business School. https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/articles/chazen-global-insights/singular-population-indian-immigrants-america
Das, S. (2002). Loss or Gain? A Saga of Asian Indian immigration and experiences in America's multi-ethnic mosaic. Race, Gender & Class,9(2), 131-155.