Coconut Generation

The Next Generation of Asian Indians

Children of Immigrants June 9, 2008

Filed under: Youth — Sam George @ 3:59 pm
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I read this distrubing story on children of immigrants in  Chicago Tribune. Most of the stories covered were from lower socio-economic class and people south of the US border. But I concur with the struggles of immigrant children and see many similiar trend among Asian Indian community as well.

There is no doubt that immigrant life is hard. But life for the children is even harder. For the later it is social, psychological and spiritual. Being a adolescent has never been easy and it is harder now than ever has been. For immigrant communities, the challenges are multiplied. Need for stability at home and enduring relationship are key to navigating this section of the population into adulthood and responsible citizenry.

When home, church and the nation does not recognize these unique struggles of the next generation, it is tragic. No matter how much of success the immigrant generation are able to achieve,their legacy is short lived. We pay a heavy price thro their marginalization and self destructive behaviors.

Some may say it is not relevant to he Indian America community. We pride in our educational and economic achievement, not to mention our cultural pride. But we are seeing a rise in broken homes, diliquency, drug addiction and gang activities among the second generation of Indian in United States. Many of them come from very educated and successful homes.

When parents are busy pursuing their dreams, children often are neglected and abused in the hand of care givers, neighbors and other relatives. Immigrant parents sacrifice their children on the altar of cultural pride and material accumulationsucces in order to realize their American dreams. Children suffer from loneliness and insecurity, often resulting in confused sense of identity and dwarfed sense of esteem.

When bottom falls out and there are no flicker of hope, some have encounters with God and their life is dramatically transformed. More are falling thro the cracks. Will you stand in the gap?


2 Responses to “Children of Immigrants”

  1. yeskids Says:

    I appreciate your post – it is so true. I posted something similar just last week

    We are a ministry that serves families in crisis – many of which are immigrant families.

    God bless you in your ministry.

  2. cocogen Says:

    Thanks for that comment.

    A lot of Hispanic and Asian Immigrant children are getting into at-risk behaviors. Keep up the good work.

    Check out for a detailed ananlysis on Asian Indian second generation in North America.

    I serve with a family ministry -serving Asian American families called PARIVAR.

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