Asian-Indian Immigrant Subculture

Asian-Indian Immigrant Subculture
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Asian-Indian Immigrant Subculture
The Indian-American uniqueness is distributed into sections: the Non-Indian Section, the
Local-Community Section, and the Pan-Indian Section. Each partition aids an exclusive social,
political, cultural and business purpose inside the United States. Struggles in the life of Indian-
Americans are a mainly because of these partitions. First group immigrant Indians in America
are very conscious of the outward cultural dissimilarities. The household is the battlefield for
modernity conflicts with traditional values and ideals that culture of Indians clashed with that of
America. Culture in America became the foundation for relations outdoors. At home, first-
generation Indian-Americans tried preserving their religious and cultural heritage with the
expectation of living according to the values of their culture. For example, females are supposed
to do maintenance of households such as childbearing, cleaning and cooking and do some part
time jobs as economically demanded in America. However, the orders of gender and age
patterns founded on traditional values of India were wrecked because of compromise.
The second generation of Indian American immigrants had the feeling of existence in
between different cultures. Similar to their parents, this generation Indian American also
classifies their lives. The local community within and at home components ruled by the
conceded lifestyle of Indian immigrants established by the broader community and their parents.
Fights typically began from the clash of cultures of Indian communitarianism and American
Individualism. For example, the family will not support a second-generation Indian-American
with the desire to take a fine arts undergraduate degree. Career choices were based on the impact
they had financial wellbeing on the family. Study on Indian-Americans is a constraint to the first
and second generation since third generation data is unavailable.
The third generation can be defined in several ways. The first situation is defined through
the reflection on the loss of traditional languages. Knowlton states, “Many were uneducated
Sikhs who spoke little English; they were often looked down on, referred to dismissively as
"Hindus” (Knowlton, 2006). Many of the second-generation Indian-Americans have low
illiteracy levels of their native languages, which includes their local community component.
Although many of them can speak the language, they cannot read or write the language. The
language partitions that distinguish sub-communities have been slowly disappearing. An
outcome of such developments is the marriages between pan-Indians that will bring distortion
and difference between the local community section and the pan-Indian section. The local-
community section may drop its cultural, political, business and social power through the
combination with the similar pan-Indian section. The second important thought is the rising sum
of local communal collections in the subculture of Indian-Americans. These sections support the
native people of Indian-American individuality. The Gujarati Cultural Association of Bay Area
in California is made up of over three thousand households as members. As stated, “Our mission
is to Preserve, Cherish and Celebrate the Gujarati Culture” (Gujarati Cultural Association, n.d.).
With this number, the organization will create a collective force within America. Marriage
within participants and the local community will remain among the members.
The easing of immigration laws in 1965 flagged the immigration of Indians into America.
Trying to maintain their cultural and religious heritage, the first-generation of Indian Americans
created temples and molded local establishments that represented their subcultures. Children
were exposed to these subcultures by their parents using functions hosted at home and within the
organizations. The second-generation Indian-Americans took the philosophy of the surrounding
larger American culture and from their parents. The sections that emerged from ethnic conflict
forced the second-generation into picking some cultural values over others. This led to separate
sets of Indian American morals and ideals.
Gujarati Cultural Association. (n.d.). Gujarati Cultural Association of Bay Area. Retrieved from
Knowlton, B. (2006, October 29). Immigrants from India thriving in U.S. - Americas -
International Herald Tribune. Retrieved from

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