Anamika Chowdhury

Blue Skies

A group of Bangladeshi families in southern Florida—like many immigrants who come to America in quest of fresh opportunities—experience both the joy and the anguish of being displaced in a new land. Though parents strive hard to keep their family united and their Bengali customs alive, intense isolation from their homeland and difficulties assimilating into a new culture creates challenges. Their children, now first-generation Americans, have quickly developed new identities separate from that of their parents, which create a complex balancing act between honoring native notions and customs and merging into a new culture. Relationships are challenged daily by the tensions created by a variety of cultural divides, but they do not give up hope that their children will find their footing and grow up learning about life, love, and traditions while embracing the American dream.