What’s Your Immigrant Story?

I visited my parents on the trip I just took to California. My father had a DVD of the movie The Namesake. The film, directed by Mira Nair, is about a young couple, immigrants to the United States from India, and their children, especially their son Gogol (named after the Russian author). It’s a fascinating and moving tale. A colleague told me when it was first released in 1996 that I must see it. It took me a while, but I enjoyed watching a multigenerational story with my parents, especially my father, who served in India in World War II. Highly recommended.

And for Americans, this story is a good reminder that we almost all have a story of immigration somewhere back through the generations. That displacement, and how the family coped, has an impact down the generations.

2 replies on “What’s Your Immigrant Story?

  • Wendy

    . When is the last time I spent time alone to reflect on my life?
    Things are just now slowing down a bit for me… My youngest
    just started Kindergarten. Maybe I will have time to reflect now.

    2. Am I doing anything to support my physical health?
    I did excersize today on the bike my parents gave me

    3. What am I telling people to do that I don’t do myself?
    To not say CAN’T to not listen to mean people.

    4. Do I do what I say I will do?
    Pretty much, I do.
    5. Am I too available? Or not available enough?

    I did enjoy reading this fine write up!

  • Tripp

    Great movie. Loved it. Immigrant stories are strange beasts. Some are so old (my family came over in the late 1600’s) and some are ongoing. They all have an impact, certainly, but how acute that is shifts and moves somehow.


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