Title

Just the Right Amount of American

Publication Date

April 2016

Advisor(s)

Indira Karamcheti, Matthew Garrett

Major

American Studies (AMST)

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

Who is a "true American"? How does an immigrant cross the line from being a foreigner to becoming a citizen? This is the story of a Pakistani woman, who comes to the United States after getting married to a Pakistani-American man. Merriam Rehman, married to Amir Afridi, struggles to come to terms with her new environment, forced to assimilate in order to save a marriage doomed from the start. How much of the American should she embody to be considered an American? How much of the Pakistani should she push out to make room for the American, without completely forsaking her original identity? Merriam's struggle leads her to understand what the perfect American looks like.

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