The lived experiences of Asian Indian immigrants adapting to life in the United States
Price, Terri Anne
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The purpose of this qualitative research study was to explore the unique experiences of Asian Indian immigrants as they presented it from their own perspectives. The theoretical framework that guided this phenomenological research was contextual theory. The research participants included 20 Asian Indian immigrants who had been in the US at least one year. The age range of the participants ranged from 26 to 47, and they all resided in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex area. A face-to-face interview was conducted with each of the participants in their own homes, places of business, or in another agreed-upon location. Participants were asked one question: Please tell me about your immigration experience. The interviews were audiotaped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed to determine themes. Three themes emerged: (a) Fitting In ; (b) Preserving Tradition; and (c) To Stay or Not to Stay in the US. Conclusions, implications and recommendations for future studies were reported in an effort to aid family therapists, counselors, and other mental health professionals to develop a deeper understanding of Asian Indian immigrants and the issues they may face as they adapt to life in the US.