Event Title

American by Citizenship or American at Heart: an Analysis of Becoming an American as Seen Through the Eyes of an Indian-American Immigrant

Graduation Year

2014

Location

Atrium, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

20-4-2013 9:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2013 10:00 AM

Description

This poster presentation focuses on Dr. Narendra Jaggi, a professor of Physics at Illinois Wesleyan University, who is originally from India. Dr. Jaggi migrated to the U.S. in 1982, but did not become a citizen until 2008. Through visual ethnographic methods, Dr. Jaggi narrated his experience of immigration and of being an American. He shared important photos with me, and we collaborated on specific themes and pictures to represent his immigration story. Dr. Jaggi believed in many American values before coming to the U.S., and showed me that becoming a citizen is not the same as being an American at heart. The poster demonstrates that being an American does not just mean being born here or acquiring citizenship, it can also mean adapting to certain recognizable aspects of American culture, which one does not have to be born in the U.S. to learn.

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American by Citizenship or American at Heart: an Analysis of Becoming an American as Seen Through the Eyes of an Indian-American Immigrant

Atrium, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

This poster presentation focuses on Dr. Narendra Jaggi, a professor of Physics at Illinois Wesleyan University, who is originally from India. Dr. Jaggi migrated to the U.S. in 1982, but did not become a citizen until 2008. Through visual ethnographic methods, Dr. Jaggi narrated his experience of immigration and of being an American. He shared important photos with me, and we collaborated on specific themes and pictures to represent his immigration story. Dr. Jaggi believed in many American values before coming to the U.S., and showed me that becoming a citizen is not the same as being an American at heart. The poster demonstrates that being an American does not just mean being born here or acquiring citizenship, it can also mean adapting to certain recognizable aspects of American culture, which one does not have to be born in the U.S. to learn.