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Romil Pitale 2:00 pm M/W class I interviewed my mother and father about our origins and our current place in the host country, America. After asking them several questions and learning more about our past, three key ideas learned in class came to mind: Universalism paradoxically permitting diversity which inadvertently masks ethnocentric norms and host country bias, The binary of representation and reality The idea of third space and how I believe it relates to the aspect of a diaspora that entails boundary maintenance. In order to explain my opinions on key ideas we have learned in class, it would be beneficial if I explained my family’s journey. My mother and father are both from Mumbai in India, and both their families had been living there for quite some time. At one point my dad, who was brought up in middle class, had finished his engineering schooling and had a decent job. But he told me that no matter what you did in India, you would never be able to have a comfortable lifestyle or have the life that he envisioned. This is mainly because India was still a developing country, plagued with all sorts of pollution and poverty. He wanted to move to a more developed country, and he thought Australia was a good choice, primarily because Australia was promoting skill-based migration. It was unusually easier to get residency because of this, so he eventually migrated and landed a job in marketing in 1994, before later switching careers to software in 1995. After two years of working, my dad wanted to get married, so he went back to India and found my mom, and they got married. Then they both moved to Australia where they worked until they gave birth to me.
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