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Saadia Ahmed Being the child of Immigrant Parents My name is Saadia and my parents emigrated from southern India around the early 80’s. My father, Qazi Azher was from a small town by the name of Gulbarga and had a degree in mechanical engineering. My mother, Rahath Azher was from the big city of Bangalore and was a high school graduate. My father came to the U.S first, found a job and then went back and married my mother. Their marriage was arranged by their parents. They originally settled in Bagota, NJ which is a small suburban town in Bergen County. Back then there were few Indians and even fewer Muslims in the area. Although it was difficult to adjust at first, my parents were able to raise my siblings and me in an environment where assimilation and cultural/religious traditions were well balanced. As a child it’s hard to understand how different you really are from everyone else. But as early as Pre-School, I was reminded that I wasn’t like the other kids. I remember I had gone to India for my uncles wedding, and in Indian tradition, it is customary for all the girls to decorate their hands with henna designs. When I got back from my trip, I was sent home by my teacher because she thought I had some weird disease. She requested
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