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Author Sinha, Cynthia B. ♦ Sinha, Cynthia Brown ♦ Simonds, Wendy
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Content type Text
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Indian Culture ♦ Second-generation Indian American Family ♦ Third-generation Child ♦ Second-generation Indian American Couple ♦ Indian-american Identity ♦ Primary Conduit ♦ Mainstream American Non-indians ♦ Second-generation Parent ♦ Ethnic Identity ♦ Curious Non-indians ♦ Cultural Ambassador ♦ Common Experience ♦ Co-ethnic Matrimonial Process
Abstract This study explores Indian culture in second-generation Indian American families. For the most part, this generation was not socialized to Indian culture in India, which raises the question, how do parents maintain and teach culture to their third-generation children? To answer this question, I interviewed 18 second-generation Indian American couples who had at least one child. Rather than focus on how assimilated or Americanized the families were, I examine the maintenance of Indian culture. Instead of envisioning culture as a binary between “Indian ” and “American, ” second-generation parents often experience “Indianness ” and “Americanness ” as interwoven in ways that were not always easily articulated. I also explore the co-ethnic matrimonial process of myparticipants to reveal the salience of Indian-American identity in their lives. A common experience among my participants was the tendency of mainstream American non-Indians to question Indian-Americans about India and Indian culture. My participants frequently were called upon to be “cultural ambassadors ” to curious non-Indians. Religion served as a primary conduit for teaching Indian culture to third-generation children. Moreover, religion and ethnic identity were often conflated. Mothers and
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study