Caught between Two Realms:
The Look for Cultural Identification in Lahiri's The Namesake
Titien Diah Soelistyarini
Problem of id is always a difficult one for those living in 1 culture, yet belonging to one more. This question frequently lingers in the mind of most foreign nationals, especially the second generations who were born in a country other than their parents' motherland. They feel culturally displaced because they are simultaneously moving into two cultures. On the one hand, they will no longer feel emotionally fastened and cannot fully discover themselves using their indigenous tradition; while on the other hand, after they wish to undertake the personality of the fresh culture, they may have not recently been fully accepted as its associates. Therefore , such condition causes them to be considered as having вЂ“ such as Tyson's conditions вЂ“ a double consciousness or twice vision, a consciousness or a way of perceiving the world while divided among two bloodthirsty cultures. As they feel caught between two worlds, this double awareness often developed an unstable perception of personal or a problems of ethnical identities.
This analyze on Jhumpa Lahiri's new The Namesake published in 2003 observes the long journey of Indian American immigrants to find cultural identity. It states that this book offers an perception on the challenges of the first-generation immigrants to assert a american identity, along with maintain abundant eastern traditions. It also explores the problems faced by the children, getting second-generation migrants, as represented by the primary character, Gogol, who tries to shed the Bengali identity to completely embody the American position. Yet, the journey towards re-invention and self-discovery finally teaches him the value of relatives, one's root base and ethnic pride. This study concludes that this book reflects the experiences of many second-generation Asian immigrants who yearn to forge their own personality and sense through negotiation of ideals from both native (eastern) and the newly-adopted (western) nationalities.
Keywords: ethnic identity, double consciousness, The Namesake, Indian American migrants, eastern-western ideals
The existence of the Indians in the United States could be traced to exactly a hundred years ago, the moment peasants from the province of Punjab started out appearing on the west coastline, seeking work in Washington's timber mills and California's great agricultural fields. Though mainly Sikhs, these people were described inside the popular press as " Hindus"; many from the outset they were seen as inassimilable, possessed of " immodest and dirty habits", the " many undesirable, of all the eastern Asiatic races... " (Lal, 99: 42). Subsequent these Punjab pioneers, right now there had been several waves of Indian migration to the Usa until the achievement of the Migration and Naturalization Act of 1965, which usually set a quota of 20, 1000 immigrants coming from each country. Since then, the quantity of Indian migrants and their descendants living in the United States has grown dramatically. During the same period, the make-up of this community has additionally changedвЂ”the extremely educated professional elite who came to america from the subcontinent in the 1960s offers given way to a population encompassing many through the working and middle classes. By 1975 their quantity had risen to well over 175, 000, in fact it is around this period that the query of self-representation, how they desired to be regarded collectively in front of large audiences, and how this highly diverse ethnic group formed a great identity and community, initial surfaced amongst members of the Indian community.
Set surrounding this period, the storyplot of Jhumpa Lahiri's first novel The Namesake (2003) concerns with all the challenges facing Indian immigrants in the United States, particularly depicting the down sides of making personal connections around cultural restrictions вЂ“ or even within households. Known as the victor of the Pulitzer Prize to get fiction for her story...
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