Information of following six items for submission of paper publication.
1. Title of submission------------------Sikh immigrant students in New York City: Negotiating
2. Name of the author--------------------Bindu Chawla.
3. Affiliations------------ Alumni Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.
Director of Education Adelphi University (Soho Programs).
4. Address of author----------------333, East 43 Street, #1021. New York, NY 10017
5. E-mail address of the author---------Chawla@adelphi.edu
6. Abstract and paper attached. (please publish together so it has continuity)
SIKH IMMIGRANT STUDENTS IN NEW YORK CITY:
NEGOTIATING DUAL CULTURES
This ethnographic study investigated how Sikh high school students manage conflict and make
decisions that affect their current and future lives, particularly those that have to do with choosing
a career and getting married. In view of the widespread misconception that students who come
from a different culture and language don’t do well educationally, this study also investigated what
motivates these young people to follow the rules and work hard in school. Thus this research
provides a framework for addressing the adjustment and acculturation issues that arise for
immigrant students when they must deal with their native culture at home and the American culture
at school, with their peers, and in society at large.
This research focused on the attitudes and responses of four Sikh high school students
who were interviewed individually and six who were interviewed as a group at a gurdwara (Sikh
temple) in New York City. Four areas that are at the center of their interests were investigated:
popular culture and media and literacy, expectations of parents about school, the family versus
friends and independendence and decision-making.