For many families, immigration results in growth, opportunity, and the dawning of new horizons. But, there are costs involved in all immigrations, as it is a transformative process with profound implications for the family. Without a cultural competence, control, and belonging immigrants often feel disoriented. Interviews are particularly useful for getting the story behind a participant's experiences. The interviewer takes the interviewee's responses and creates a text of the interviewee's words told through the point of view of the interviewee. This is not an exact transcript of what the interviewee says. The interviewer must edit the transcript-moving parts around, taking parts out, and even adding words here and there (with the interviewee's due consent). The final piece of writing should capture the voice and spirit of the interviewee. A well designed interview is deemed to provide an invaluable link to our past and give meaning and direction to our future. As such, an attempt is made to interview first generation immigrant and his experiences and opinion are narrated below, along with detailed stages involved in conducting an interview.
Necessity for conducting the interview
As part of my MBA curriculum, I have to prepare an interview report based on the experiences of a first generation immigrant in order to assess the impact of immigration on our economy. The recent literature of migration and exile is forged by perspectives that emerge from cultural identities and languages. The attention of first generation migrant literature is often directed at the act of migration, the passage to another land, the reception in the country of emigration, issues of racism, nostalgia and longing. The insurgence of multi-national corporations in India and associated changes in conglomerate nations provides the context for analysis of the experience of Asian-Indian immigrants in the United States. The influx of multi-national computer industries in India has resulted in the unification of time and space between the homeland of immigrants and the host nation. It is found that cultural importance of family ties and respect for family is maintained both immigrants whose parents reside in America and whose parents are in India. However, younger generations want to free from the control of family and yearn to make their own individual choices, and follow one's own career path. It is also observed that Indian immigrants recognize opportunity in the form of the ability to choose life path themselves. As compared to older generation immigrants, new aspirants are able to maintain close contact with family in India via modern communication networking. Ability to communicate with loved ones and friends allow them to maintain ties with their heritage and maintain individual identity as Asian-Indians, though they are transforming automatically to American identity. In this context, a study of the experiences of a first generation Asian- Indian immigrant to the U.S is relevant to understand the 'cultural importance of family ties' among the new immigrants (Wright, Lisa-Marie).
Brief note on interview