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Older Asian Indians resettled in America: narratives about households, culture and generation

TitleOlder Asian Indians resettled in America: narratives about households, culture and generation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsKalavar, JM, Van Willigen, J
JournalJ Cross Cult GerontolJ Cross Cult Gerontol
Volume20
Pagination213-30
Date PublishedSep
ISBN Number0169-3816 (Print)<br/>0169-3816 (Linking)
Accession Number17013669
KeywordsAcculturation, Age Factors, Aged/ psychology, Asian Americans/ psychology, Emigration and Immigration/trends, Family Characteristics/ ethnology, Female, Humans, India/ethnology, Intergenerational Relations/ethnology, Interviews as Topic, Male, Narration, New Jersey, New York, Social Adjustment, Social Values/ethnology
AbstractImmigration in late life can be a complex experience. Older adults who have spent a considerable part of their life in one cultural milieu face several challenges in adapting to a new societal framework. Demographically speaking, the numbers of immigrants of Asian Indian origin continue to rise phenomenally in the United States. In this project, the experience of Asian Indian elderly immigrants to the United States was recorded through home visits and personal interviews. Parents of adult immigrants often choose to immigrate late in life primarily for purposes of family reunification. Providing assistance with raising grandchildren was also an important consideration. This article explores various aspects that surfaced from the analysis of interviews; these include personal investment in adult children, language/cultural barriers, use of formal services, acculturative experience, aging in India, intergenerational relationships, and expectations for the future. The findings highlight the need for gerontological research that is culturally attuned to the needs of these elders so service delivery may be optimally provided.