17-year-old Kiran Ali asks her Pakistan-born
parents if she can go out with her friend, who happens to be a
boy. Their response is "No." Once again, Kiran is frustrated with
the disparity between her parents' ideas and her ideas, her
parent's culture and America's.
First-generation Americans are struggling
with the need to adapt to American life while trying to please
their parents. "I try to take advantage of living in America,
being an American teenager," said Kiran, But at the same time, I
know I am Pakistani and I feel an obligation to keep up with the
traditions of my family."
Maria Gonzalez, who moved from Cuba to Miami
in 1962, said she wants her daughter Madelyn to take advantage of
all this country has to offer. "In Cuba, we were under Castro's
law," she said. "But here my daughter has more freedom to do what
Madelyn sayd: "My parents are unaware of the
typical American culture. They do not understand why people do
certain things or what the point is,"My parents never let me sleep
out ...I would not exactly say they are strict, but compared to my
American friends they are a little bit more conservative."