Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 403–414 | Cite as

Immigration as a Dynamic Experience: Personal Narratives and Clinical Implications for Family Therapists

  • Shruti Poulsen
  • Nithyakala Karuppaswamy
  • Rajeswari Natrajan

Abstract

This is a reflective account of the experiences of the authors who immigrated to the United States from India at different developmental, historical, political, and social stages. Although their culture-of-origin was the same, the meaning and experience of immigration was different for each author. The narratives show a natural continuum of experiences based on their developmental stage during immigration, reasons for immigration, and the historical context of both India and the US at the time of immigration. A common theme is the ambivalence experienced by them in their process of creating a physical and psychological home in a different culture.

Keywords

immigration personal narratives Asian Indian women. 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shruti Poulsen
    • 1
  • Nithyakala Karuppaswamy
    • 1
  • Rajeswari Natrajan
    • 1
  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Purdue UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Purdue UniversityTerre HauteUSA

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