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Title: Focus on Florida: The cultural transition of second-generation Indian Americans: bridging gap of understanding between continents and generations
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Aneja, Geeta A.
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2011
Abstract: We constantly recreate our universe due to the bias inherent in our perceptual abilities. Cross-cultural misunderstandings occur when we try to apply the standards of our native culture to a different society. Borderlanders, in this case Indian-American children being raised by Indian parents in the United States, bridge the gap between two cultures. Because we are Indian by American standards but unquestionably American by Indian standards, my generation has a unique worldview separate from that of both other cultures, but which often results in misinterpretations of intentions and actions. The primary purpose of this study is to analyze cross-cultural interactions between second-generation Indian-American children and their Indian parents and the misunderstandings and misinterpretations that result from this clash of cultures. In order to accomplish this, I spent thirteen weeks traveling to various parts of India, reading widely on the roots of social interaction, discussing controversial topics, and keeping a careful journal of observations. Once I returned to the United States, I used similar observation and record-keeping techniques to observe interactions there as well. Generally, the roots of intercultural confusion lie in differing standards of personal possession, independence, appropriate family interaction, and modesty, not from deliberate animosity.
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