The Gangulis’ American Journey

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The Gangulis’ American Journey The Indian immigrant assimilation is a constant struggle while living in America to remain true to their culture. The battle to fit in America and keep Indian identity is in the Jhumpa Lahiri novel The Namesake, the Gangulis’ Indian immigrant condition in America is their constant burden to bear, a continuous feeling out of sorts (Lahiri 49). A novel that follows the lives of Indian immigrants and their young American born son Gogol and Daughter Sonia experience. Like most immigrants to the United States. Ashoke and Ashima Gangulis found the American culture and customs very strange. They had problems trying to understand the American culture from an Indian prospective. The Gangulis were acutely aware of readily apparent cultural differences. Their family relationship with their son become a battleground where modernity clashes with tradition, where Indian culture clashes with American culture. The Ashoke and Ashima often felt alone in America, because in Indian culture being around family is an important thing. For their American born children the dilemma was which culture to except the Indian or the American, for Gogol’s, the choice was not easy. Under British Rule Indian’s had difficulties, if they wanted to immigrant to other countries. In 1966 the Indian Supreme Court ruled that the “right to travel” as a fundamental right under the Indian constitution, follow which the Indian Parliament enacted the passport act of 1967. Because of the African Policy and fears of mass immigration of Indian nationals to the United Kingdom, British parliament passed the Common Wealth Immigrant’s Act or 1968. This law reduced the immigration flow to United Kingdom, but the United States 1965 Immigration Act, which came fully into effect in 1968, abolished national-origin quotes and made it possible for high-skilled immigrant to gain
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