I write this piece as I know many first and second-generation Indian Americans leave our cultural communities and live their lives outside of these groups just fine. I envy them. Perhaps it was because of my upbringing, but not matter how many times I try to walk away – I find myself always coming back as I am a person who believes in the power of community, and it was through this community where I procured most of my talents and interests.
Historically, South Asian cultures embodied a very patriarchal society. Women hardly ever took the chance to voice an outstanding opinion about anything – including their own life. Unfortunately, this mindset has carried on and into the lives of our so proclaimed “modern day South Asians.”
I’ve grown to realize when working in organizations, it’s tough for individuals like myself to stand up for ourselves and what we believe in due to certain gaps – cultural, generational, egotistical, etc.
our people must make room to allow diversity in the leadership we look up to. Being bilingual is not more important than character and competency. Make space for second-generation leadership and be proud of the inter-generational community we carry.
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