Sister's Uniform


While growing up, I had the typical average family. My father earned money and provided financial security while my mother was in charge of the household duties and educating us( the children). In turn, my siblings and I were required to respect them, be obedient and focus on education. However it all changed when we immigrated from Bangladesh to U.S.A in 2010. My father was unable to get a job to cover all living expenses due to either lack of experience and or communication difficulties. Such being the case, my sister who was 14 at the time had to start working in Key food to support the family. Her role in the family changed drastically. My brother and I were under 10 and were quickly assimilating into the American culture. Part of the process was learning English and we communicated less and less with our parents and grew estranged from the Bangladeshi culture. Our sister became responsible for teaching us things that my parents were originally responsible for. Along with teaching us, she also bridged the differences in thinking and perception between our parents and us. 

Place(s): New York

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Relationship:  Im/migrant who arrived as a child Im/migrant who arrived as a child