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ERIC Number: ED466890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
"Partly Indian, Partly American": Social and Cultural Integration of Asian Indian Parents and Children in the United States.
Mehra, Beloo
This study examined the unique patterns of integration into U.S. culture of four Asian Indian families, noting how these patterns shaped the identities and experiences of children within the families. Families from a local Asian Indian cultural organization agreed to participate. Parents and children completed open-ended, semi-structured interviews. Data analysis indicated that the four families were very diverse in their cultural adaptation patterns, which challenges educators' stereotypes of Asian Indian student. Most parents agreed that providing exposure to Indian culture at home was important in helping children get in touch with their Indian selves, though some parents were more enthusiastic than others about ensuring that their children learned their religious customs and cultural traditions. Parents differed in their views about the importance of maintaining or learning the native language. Most of the children tried to fit into both cultures, experiencing discontinuity when they left home to enter school, where there were few opportunities to express their cultural and ethnic identity. Some parents implied that teachers and principals needed to understand the beliefs and value systems of newer immigrants, noting the lack of awareness of most Americans about Asian Indians and India. (Contains 17 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).