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Shamsuddin 1 My interviewee, Salma Khan, was born in Bangladesh during the war between India and Pakistan. Abuse of the Bengali people forced her family to move to Pakistan while she was still a toddler. She did not receive an extravagant education due to the lack of money and many siblings her parents had to support. Khan was married at the age of 22 and moved to America with her 3 year old son and husband in 1994. Two years later she had two more children, twin girls. She became a stay at home mom. She would cook, clean, drive her kids to and from school, after- school activities, and projects. Besides for talking to workers in the grocery store and her friends in church (whom did not speak much English), Khan did not have access to the English language. Due to the conservative nature of her Muslim husband, Khan was not allowed to get a job until his incarceration in 2014. After these insinuating circumstances, Khan began to increase her interaction with the English language through the workplace. Her first job was at the cleaners, where she stacked and bagged heavy clothes. However, now, at age 49, she has accomplished 1.5 years at Wal-Mart, working as a cashier and can speak enough English to have a conversation with a native English speaker. Khan was chosen in particular because she spent half her life in the Pakistani culture and the other half in American culture. Her culture shift allowed Khan to be an appropriate interviewee to understand a foreign culture. Though a culture cannot be understood with a few simple questions, I expected to learn about family, tradition, and gender differences with the chosen interview questions. In reference to the question about what is considered family, family could be intermediate or extended family. In some particular cultures, cousins are referred to as brother or sister because they are considered to be siblings. Also, in considering Muslim culture and many cultures that may or may not be considered modern, gender differences are assumed to occur. A general stereotype is that the females stay home to cook and clean and might become teachers, while males are given more attention, education, and opportunity to succeed to provide for the family. I expected the stereotype to have some truth to it, however not to such an extreme extent. Finally, traditions can include the type of foods eaten, holidays, and the foods eaten and clothes worn on the holidays.
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  • Summer '17
  • Zhengjie Li
  • Islam, Sibling, Salma Khan

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