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Whereas, the second formation is nonessential cultural identity that concerns about the differences Hall, In the process of conformation of the identity, the postcolonial society tends to go back to their origin cultural identity.
Hall in Loomba argues a sort of one true self Identity is not a result of a process, yet it is a process. Hall emphasizes that identity is a production which is never complete, always in process, and always constituted within, not outside, representation Hall, The cultural identity reflects the common historical experiences and shared cultural codes which provide us with stable, unchanging, continuous actual history Hall, Cultural identities are the points of identification, the unstable points of identification or suture, which are made, within the discourses of history and culture Hall, Description of history the ancestors declared people continue to expect them to maintain their cultural identity constantly.
Cultural identity is a matter of becoming as well as of being Hall, It is not a genuine insight.
There is a cultural identity in history. Cultural identity will change continuously. It is not permanent as long as there is culture and power. Far from being eternally fixed in some essentialised past, they are subject to the continuous play of history, culture and power.
Far from being grounded in a mere recovery of the past, which is waitiing to be found, and which, when found, will secure our sense of ourselves into eternity, identities are the names we give to the different ways we are positioned by, and position ourselves within, the narratives of the past Hall, Cultural identity crisis can be resulted by things that are very detrimental to the human. Identity of past history cannot be separated from the memory that has been embedded in the homeland.
Memory is flexible and adaptive, and its contradictions are inherent in its nature. We remember what we wish to remember or what we need to remember, and our memories evolve with time and with our present circumtances Nguyen, 6 ANALYSIS First Generation Hybrid identity is first generation is represented by the real Indian in the novel, Krishnan. Krishnan is a first generation.
He was born and growth in India, and after understanding and run so many Indian traditions in his homeland that is so attached to him, he went to America to undergo a career as a doctor and marry American girls. Quite a lot of what he knows about America as his wife comes from there, but he still retains the culture of India which has been brought and already deeply ingrained in him. After Kris has a daughter, his nature to maintaining and preserve the customs in India are increasingly being conducted primarily on his daughter.
Especially in the case of compliance, because the Indian culture to respect and obey the parents is very upheld. For instance, in India, the cultural values emphasize that the elderly members of the family be treated with honor and respect Chadha, 8.
Kris want to Asha become a successful person like him and obey what his parents say, as already done by Kris on his parents, because Asha always busy being a journalist who is not supported by Kris. Your grades have been suffering ever since you started spending so much time on that school paper. Maybe it s time to cut back, so you can focus on your studies. Gowda, That is always done by the first generation, wherever they live and whatever happens they will retain their own culture, because they were born and grew up there.
It is very ingrained, they are the first people who went out of his country and live in a new country that has more power.
Second Generation Hybrid identity in second hybridity generations is represented by Krishnan s daughter, Asha. Asha is a second hybridity generation. She was born in India but she was raised in America. She was taught how to be an Indian and also taught how to be an Americans by their environment. In other word, she live in two cultures, Indian s culture and America s culture. She has her childhood, teenage and become an adult in America. Most of her life was spent in America. Thus her thoughts was mostly influenced by America s culture than Indian s culture.
Therefore, this generation will never perceive of them as real Indian because they are more comfortable in identifying their selves both as India and American. Based on John McLeod, although the migrant children enjoy better settlement and place in new country, they still identify their selves as their origin country because their sense of identity borne from living in a diaspora community [is] influenced by the past migrant history of their parents or grandparents McLeod, India is like a nightmare.
Asha s thought is revealed by following quotation. She thinks of her childhood in California, her bedroom twice the size of those Dharavi homes, her Harper School uniform and Ivy League education. All those years spent wondering about her parents. Maybe they did her a favor. Gowda, Asha who loves her life in America justifies that the second hybrid generation feels more affected to America culture.
As her thought that America is a better place than her homeland, she prefer to America s culture to Indian s culture. When she was visited and a walk for the first time, Asha felt uncomfortable with the situation that exists in India. Meena his friend invited him to eat in a place that is very different than the restaurants that exist in America he used to visit. This is we re having lunch?
Asha looks at the street vendor and then at Meena in disbelief. I I don t think I should do this. I m not supposed to eat street food Gowda, Second generation of hybridity have different point of view in identifying their identity.
This generation has modern notion of home. They think that their home is not India, because their home now is America. Their personalities also get many influences from America culture.
They find many new things, chance and happiness in America. Thus this generation prefers identifying their selves as India-America than real India.
Indian Cultural Values Even though the main character, Krishnan living in the US for a long time, work and build a family in America has not made his spirit faded to still trying to maintain his Indian culture. He not only practice the Indian cultural values within himself but also within his family even his wife is an American. In his family, he trying to maintain his Indian culture through the Indian cultural values by the interaction among the others Indian people around where he live such in his neighbours, friends, and also his daughter s friends.
Because the customs of India which is always applied by Krishnan at home, Asha felt confined. She lived in America that is synonymous with freedom and a party for a youth. Many of her friends are invited to go to a party in the middle of the night, traveling out of town, but because Krishnan very uphold the customs of India, Krishnan always prohibit Asha.
I want to go to parties and be a normal teenager.
Why you can t understand that? Why don t you ever understand me? Gowda, Asha always feel constrained by any rules made by her father, Kris. She wanted to be like her friends who live like American girls, can enjoy the excitement of a party with no curfew.
But it cannot be done, because Kris did not want to Asha be strangers in the family. Living in a new country is difficult. Indian Americans have to survive in a place where cultures are totally different from their home country in India.
Their Indian cultural values do not seem to fit the American life style.
The significant differences make them face a very difficult choice. They have to choose whether they accept the American culture or keep their Indian culture in order to survive in their new country. The Indian American characters in the novel of Secret Daughter can be considered as tough characters, we can see how hybridity is depicted in Shilpi Somaya Gowda s Secret Daughter.
They always try to maintain their Indian culture although they live in the US now. They do not easily follow what society suppose them to do. They try to find a way to understand their problem.
They do not have to choose either they have to live with Indian cultural values or American cultural values. They do not want to get rid of the past by removing their Indian cultural values. I really enjoyed Secret Daughter. It was very well written and I felt like I really knew the characters.
It was really eye opening to see what life can be like in India. It was also great to see the journey that each one of the characters went on.
They all grew in some way. I cried at the end of the book, but it wasn't a bad cry. I would definitely recommend this book and will look for future books from this author. Secret Daughter is a great book for book clubs. There are many things to talk about. Sally G. The author takes you on a journey with Somer, a singular breadth of view, only child of well-to-do parents brought up in California and her meeting and marriage to Krishnan, a fellow intern that happens to be from India.
Somer is not a bad person at all, but has the plight of an only child that has never had to share or compromise. The contrast is in the parallel story where we meet Kavita, an Indian woman that morns the loss of two daughters, one that she gives to an orphanage and one that dies. As a mother-in-law she is judgmental but understanding of this new daughter-in-law and is portrayed as a wise woman and great grandmother.
Secret Daughter has deep meanings of differences in old cultures. Some can be ever so cruel but others are wonderful I know you will want to read and savor this powerful book of strong, smart women with so much food for thought and contemplation. Phoenix M. They are from two extremely different backgrounds and cultures, but each have family struggles and challenges to endure.
The story unfolds the daring love for their daughters and shows that this love is an instrument of healing in both families. This book provides an excellent view of the everyday life of a woman in Indian culture.
Kavita makes extreme sacrifices but triumphs over all. This would make the perfect book for a club to discuss.