ONE of the biggest sources of conflict between South Asian couples is the perceived over-involvement of in-laws. This belief that in-laws are “meddling” in the relationship is a perception that both men and women alike seem to feel.
In the book “Multicultural Couple Therapy,” Mudita Rastogi notes that in her counselling work with South Asian couples in the United States, it was rare for the couples to not mention in-law problems, and that it was common for them to cite the in-laws as the main source of the relationship problem. Women typically mentioned feeling judged or persecuted by in-laws, while men felt in-laws meddled in their relationship with their spouse.
OFTEN victims of intimate partner abuse, especially immigrant women, are portrayed as completely powerless and helpless in addressing the abuse. What isn’t recognized is the enormous strength and intelligence many South Asian victims of violence have exhibited.
South Asian women are quicker to report instances of abuse now than even a few years ago, […]
GIVEN we’re smack dab into the marriage season, here is another article for those about to get married and the newly married. In our community, marriage is not considered simply a union between a man and his wife, but rather a union between two families, and the extended family is involved with the couple both before and after they marry.
Also in our community, couples frequently argue over the actions of each other’s extended family.
WHEN a person immigrates to a new country, they often settle close to others that speak the same language, have the same cultural values and practice the same religion. In the Indian community, some people (especially those who do not speak English) often only shop at Indian stores, work for Indian employers, and socialize with […]
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