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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Arts and Sciences



First Advisor

Andrew Milward

Second Advisor

Erik Reece


My parents immigrated to the United States from India in the early 1960s, and I was born in 1967. I grew up in a time where there was little awareness of Indian culture or the religion of Islam in America, and I struggled against my parents attempt to impose both on me. My writing discusses the conflict I felt between my parents’ expectations and the American culture surrounding me that I began to embrace. My thesis has two parts: Part 1 is a collection of essays that shares the theme of my life as a second generation American, and Part 2 is the beginning of a longer piece that will become my memoir.

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