Police in a Phoenix suburb are looking for a father who is suspected of running over his daughter for being “too Westernised” and not living according to traditional Iraqi values. Here’s more on the story.
Being “too Western” – it’s a conversation I have had time and time again with my family and friends. I mentioned this story to a colleague of Pakistani origin who responded jokingly “that’s what my mum says to me everyday.” He’s not alone – that’s what many of our mums say to us every day.
I am of a generation whose parents came to the UK in the 70s to give the family a better life. This meant having a solid education, being financially stable and having a successful career. Somehow I am not sure they were prepared for the full Western package. Whilst I went to Gujarati language classes, folk dancing sessions and the temple on weekends, I know many of my fellow British Asian friends who rarely are interacted with Asian people whilst growing up here. I’m sure many of them have been called “too Westernised”- but what does it even mean?
If you are born and brought up in a country different to that of your country of origin how do you maintain your traditions? Do you have to? Is being “too westernised” such a bad thing?