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The New American Boiling Pot: The Relationship between Indian American Student's Families and their New American Cultural Identity

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Title: The New American Boiling Pot: The Relationship between Indian American Student's Families and their New American Cultural Identity
Author(s): AAS199 07-1
Subject(s): Family Heritage Marriage Assimilation AAS199 F07
Abstract: The main focus of this ethnography is to look at the relationship that Indian American students have with their families and how this influences their conceptions about their marriage and children in a new society that has not adopted their cultural heritage. To accomplish this, I interviewed three students at the University of Illinois and asked them what their relationship with their family was like. The relationship that these students have with their families and the ways in which they were brought up in an Indian household will directly impact the way in which these students will raise their families. I then asked them what their perceptions of about marriage and children were. I was able to make a connection between the ways they were brought up in and Indian household and the influences of American society on them.
Issue Date: 2008
Series/Report: AAS 199, Asian American Chicago, Prof. Junaid Rana: The city of Chicago is home to many Asian Americans defined broadly from those that hail from East Asia to South Asia to West Asia. In this course, students examine the multiplicity of the Asian American experience through specific communities and their history in Chicago. By centering on neighborhoods and communities we look at the populations that constitute places like Chinatown, Koreatown, and Devon Street. Expanding our definitions of the city based on the North side, South side, West Side, etc., and the city and the suburbs, students explore the relationship of Asian Americans across definitions of an imagined Chicago and Chicagoland. The course material cover a wide array of topics to examine the changing contours of Asian American communities such as housing, migration, segregation, and racialization. Further this course examines the relationship of Asian Americans in relationship to the historically racialized groups in Chicago. Each student in this class is part of an important research project to document the role of the U of I in student life and the communities they come from. The course syllabus is available at:
Type: Text
Publication Status: unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-06-03

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