The Second generation
Every generation has its struggles, every generation evolves, every generation finds a new way.
The journey of a second generation individual is an interesting one. They were born in a new country, they usually have the experiences and anecdotes of their parents to tell them about their culture and upbringing from their native country but they are inhabitants of a new country, they are left to explore and find their own way, because their parents usually don’t know very much about their host country, its systems and processes.
This project will focus on the second generation. Those, whose parents migrated from India and settled for a better life. A new generation who were born in a new land.
Few parents were in a position to advise their children on which routes to take in life. Many parents were from the India of old, traditional India, rural India. They knew the old ways of home, what to do and how to do it. What of this new land? These new arrivals focussed on their new lives. On their new jobs. Settling down. Putting food on the table and keeping roofs over the heads of their new families.
Many of this second generation were in the same boat, left to their own devices. Left to find their own way. Left to navigate their own destinies. They had to choose which options to take at school and which jobs to go for after they left.
Their journeys have equipped them with the skills and knowledge to guide their own children. Which schools to go to and which careers to take. This third generation know that they are British, without even thinking about it.
The second generation were also caught between two cultures. That of their parents, the traditional and those of their new land, their peers. This journey was difficult but as children do, they did what they had to do, they got on with it. They found their way. They made their mistakes. They had their failures and also their successes.
The contribution of the second generation is an important one. They are the ones who have forged a path between two cultures and evolved. Found a balance between the two cultures, one that works for them. Of course, traditions also get lost, traditions also evolve. The second generation have made an impact on British culture. They have integrated and they have become a part of it.
The project is important because it begins to capture the views, thoughts and perspectives of a generation who have been pivotal in determining a route for themselves and future generations. What happened on the journey?