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False 20 somethings Written and edited by: Genevieve Makris, Melissa Jan, Isha Mehmood, and Ali Sheikh The stitching on Melissa’s cheerleading uniform declared school pride as the lights at her high school’s football game lit up the field. Isha preferred the wind in her face as she ran across the court in an after school tennis match, while Ali spent his afternoons pushing himself on the basketball court. On the surface, these three Pakistani American students were leading similar lives. However, each has had their own unique cultural and family experiences that have shaped their lives. Each person’s culture has affected their upbringing, the values and beliefs they hold, the decisions they’ve made and how they have evolved to understand the world today. Isha and Melissa, both of whom are half- Pakistani and half- Caucasian, have astounding parallels in their lives, yet were raised by parents of different cultural mindsets. Isha lived in a household headed by her Pakistani father, things like sleepovers and calls from boys were not allowed. On the other hand, Melissa was raised by Coast2Coast: Pakistan ME240

False her Caucasian mother who allowed Melissa free reign over her decisions since there was always an understanding of openness between the two. Growing up in a more conservative setting that thrived on Pakistani traditions, Ali followed his own unique path, but never pushed the limits of change within his household. Despite coming from similar cultural backgrounds, these three young professionals have grown into their own unique cultural identities, blending aspects of both their Pakistani and American ethnicities. Ali was born in Pakistan; his parents wanted their children to be born on Pakistani soil before they began their lives in America. In fact, that was one of the main reasons why they returned to Pakistan after coming to the United States on their own. After Ali turned three, his parents moved to Southern California. His father has always been the head of the household and the more liberal of his parents, although a conservative lifestyle was expected at home. High school was just as Ali expected it to be. “ I knew I was going to be the only ‘ brown’ kid at my school and it never bothered me,” he said, “ I left my culture at home and made friends with white, upper- middle class kids that attended my school.” His Pakistani cousins joke that he is an ABCD, which stands for American Born Confused Desi ( Desi is a slang term for someone from India/ Pakistan). “ I don’t cross too many barriers though,” Ali said, “ even though I have assimilated into American culture, my Pakistani culture still influences my behavior. I don’t drink, or party too hard,” he added, “ I know my limits.” Ali graduated two years ago with a degree in Computer Science, but instead of working a typical 9 to 5 IT job, he decided to carry on the family business. “ I own a 7- Eleven and I plan on buying more and to keep on opening convenience stores,” he said. He is hoping to buy a store in Orlando later this year. Ali is aware that his profession may seem stereotypical. “ The Simpsons” has commercialized Pakistani and Indian- owned convenience stores, coining the phrase “ Thank you, come again,” as patrons leave the store. Ali laughs when asked about this, having repeated the phrase numerous times to his friends as they leave his store. ME241