Transition from the East to the West - A Social Divulgence and Diaspora

By Dr. M. Reddy

The beautiful morning rhythm of the sea gong on Jones beach captured my mind's attention and sounded like a lullaby. My half-closed eyes gazed at the enchanting blue sky that covered the earth's amphitheater. A couple of birds were flying from the East to the West direction to their unknown destination; suddenly, I identified myself one among them. Their movement had arisen many strange paradoxical implications about Indians in the U.S.A. My inner voice whispered, “Who are you?" and another voice said, “It's me, the transformed me!"

The analogy of the birds' migration is similar to most of the Indian families who have disintegrated from Indian origin to a new domain on the world map. This didn't happen recently, but the Indian heritage migrated to different parts of the world: Guyana, South Africa, Malaysia, Trinidad, England, Singapore, Burma, and China. This caused a dramatic transition in their lifestyles and adaptation to a new culture, social fads, social stratification, challenges, and struggle to search for self-identity.

When they migrated first, the cultural overtones still existed in most, but as decades passed, a transformed Desi-American style emerged. The new trends and styles started imbibing into their mind and body. The outcome is that many Indian children are enrolled in the social organization in the Hindu temples for private lessons and activities to learn their cultural whereabouts.

The professional obligations and a passion to excel in their individual professions have resulted in a latch-key kid transformation. The TV does the mother's role by keeping the child company. The balance of affinity of the mother/child concept has lost into oblivion. The misconception of providing the child with luxurious materialistic objects does not replace the love and affection of human emotions; and this is a mirage. It's a total new renaissance, Indian world of living in America, and it is too pathetic situation for the older generation of adults in their immediate family.

Just imagine a child saying, “Mom, please help tie my shoe laces…" The mother replying, “Darling, I don't have to do that, please help yourself; I am getting ready to do my office-work." This may sound very controversial to modern parents and may say, “What's wrong in this?" There may be many implications, such as, counseling at an early age, doctor's appointments, and inner-conflicts in a child's heart that are silent tantrums and passive resistance, and low performance in school effects. Yet, this doesn't stop here because most modern professionals have to keep pace with their occupational stratifications and fitting in with the Joneses.

Welcome to the new world and new generation of Indians living in the U.S.A., and does it stop the trend anywhere soon? This is a paradoxical question and observation by a spectator's eyes only.