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Format: open discussion (we apologize for the cursory notes)
First Generation: Immigrants to the U.S
Second generation: Raised in the U.S
For the first generation, failure is not an option. Career status is a symbol for parents and extended family. Family feels a need to conform to expectations that a society has for increased status.
The drive for financial success for first generation immigrants stems from economic ethic and cultural insecurity.
Is "FOB" a derogatory term?
It depends on the usage and context. Taking ownership of language. "FOBs" calling each other "FOB" is different from someone outside the community calling a person a "FOB." What about ABCD?
What is South Asian culture? Culture is not monolithic and malleable.
Language-Accents are being erased. Examples of this are teacher's assistants and a call center.
Aging is very difficult. Senior South Asians are feeling increasingly isolated. They are not culturally accepted for parents to be in old folks homes. Often, parents or in-laws are living with the children. Children feel guilty about not taking care of our parents.