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The Similarities and Differences of Indian and American Cult

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Sally Ma

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Transcript of The Similarities and Differences of Indian and American Cult

The Similarities and

Differences of Indian and
American Culture






Music's Significance
The Life of a Young Adult
Gender Roles
Kinship Systems
The Most Striking Difference between Indian and American Culture
Priyank is from a country with immense diversity.
The person
I interviewed is
Priyank Shelat
Priyank was born in Barado, Gujurat, India. He moved to the United States when he was 6.
The Life of a Young Adult in India
Indian young adults have the same expectations as American young adults.
Most Indians are vegetarian.
Kinship System
In India, authority in a family flows from the oldest male to the oldest female to the children.
Four world religions originated in India, (Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism).
There are 122 languages in India.
Although many Indians are starting to wear Western clothing, many still wear saris (women) or dhotis (men).
There is a wide array of music in India. The genres range from folk, popular, pop, classical music, and R&B.
Many Indians are vegetarian, however, some may eat meat. This commitment to vegetarianism has led to the people's exquisite use of spices.

Music's Significance in India

They like to eat vegetables such as eggplants and cabbages, rice, an Indian bread called roti, and an Indian tortilla called Bhakri.
A typical meal would consist of:
3 Rotis with a Bowl of Cooked Vegetables
Some Rice and Daal (A Liquified Version of Beans)
Some Sweet on the Side (Laddu)
This would be served on plates and bowls. The eater would have to use their hands and rotis as utensils.
A typical American meal would consist of:
Green Vegetables
This would be served on a plate. Forks and knives would be used as utensils

Music had always been paramount in many cultures, Indian culture abides by this as well.
Music in India has:
United conflicting cultures (The Muslims, Hindus, Punjabi, and the Mariti)
Provided a source of entertainment
Been used in praying and warding off spirits

In the United States, music has provided a source of entertainment and religious singing.
Young adults in India go to school, however, they are more focused on their studies. Most of their time is spent in school or on studying. They also take extra curricular courses like sports, art, or tutoring. The abundance of public transportation enables these young adults to move more freely so in their free time they may help their parents or travel around the city.
Young adults in America also go to school, however, many aren't as passionate with schooling. A lot of young Americans also do extra curricular activities that fall into sports. Depending on the area an American teenager lives in, he or she can move around freely with subways, cars, buses, or safe sidewalks. He or she may use these means of transportation to go to work or associate with other young Americans.
In India, marriage is a lot more profit based than love based.
Indian parents try to set up their daughters with a wealthy man so the bride's and the groom's family both get money out of the marriage.
They try to set up their sons with a woman in the same caste system who seems like a good wife and mother. A woman who is educated is more preferable.
These arranged marriages are starting to decrease because Indians are starting to get more rights to marriage and they're marrying for love instead.
American parents usually do not arrange marriages for their children. The children decide to marry who they want although some parents may disagree.
The Indian society's expectations of men and women
are similiar to the expectations of American men and

women prior t
o World War II.
Indian men are expected to go to work. Indi
an women are expected to stay at home and

take care of the house and children. This is
slowly starting to change. As more Indian

women gain more edu
cation, they go to work.
Men and women in the United States are both expected to work and take care of the house and children.
Oldest Male (Father)
The father is in charge of the house. In some cases, the grandparents will live in the same household. If this is the case, the grandfather would make the major familial decisions. This will usually lead to the children respecting their father.
Oldest Female (Mother)
The mother will take care of the house and raise the children. This will usually lead the children to love their mother.
In an Indian household, extended family usually lives with each other. Thus cousins are regarded as brothers and sisters as well. The relationship between brothers and sisters is closely knit. In Indian society, brothers and sisters are significant. A child would be disowned if he or she tries to hurt his or her brother or sister.
In the United States, the authority in the family comes from the parents to the children.
American Dad
Has a joint decision making process with his wife. Raises children and goes to work.
American Mom
Has a joint decision making process with her husband. Raises the children and goes to work
Abides to the mother and father. Sometimes.
The antithesis between Indian and American culture is the Indian society is more religious based than secular based. Although people are starting to get more rights,

these rights
aren't enforced. Women have gained equality but men still look down upon them and there is bias in jobs and
This has been tradition in India. The men would always have the highest respects and the women would be seen but never heard.
by S
y Ma
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