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Making Friends in a New Culture: South Asian Women in Boston, Massachusetts

  • Lorna Rhodes AmaraSingham
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)

Abstract

Since World War II there has been a large movement of students and professional people across international boundaries. The economic consequences of this movement have been much discussed, particularly as they relate to the immigration of professionals from Third World countries to the Western nations. Less attention has been paid to the effects of immigration on the personal lives of individuals. As Marris points out in Chapter 5 of this volume, the uprooting of an individual—no matter how voluntarily—from the social matrix in which his or her life has taken on its meaning is a seriously disruptive event. Uprooting “breaks the thread of continuity” provided by a commonly held social life, and inevitably loosens the ties which have bound a person to the shared values of his community. The reconstruction of meaning in a new context becomes one of the first tasks of the immigrant.

Keywords

Home Country Close Friend Coping Style Good Friend Asian Immigrant 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorna Rhodes AmaraSingham
    • 1
  1. 1.BethesdaUSA

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