Human Services Professional: Population Study
Name of the Student
Human Resource Management 6200
March 10, 2020
Human Services Professional: Population Study
The cultural immersion experience allows human services professional to understand in detail the norms, values, and underlying terms of socializing within a certain community. As an African American, it is the experience of cultural immersion provides a greater understanding of personal biases and prejudices, and enhances the understanding vis-a-vis comparison to others. African Americans in United States are in minority, but they are the largest group within the minority segment. Throughout the history of United States, African Americans have struggled to achieve liberation at various levels and at different phases of history, that is, from the slave era to recent era of racial profiling, etc.
Identification of Population
Indian Muslim diaspora living in the New York city is part of the metropolitan life, but simultaneously brings a unique cultural contribution to the society. Lives of Muslims in United States is significantly different form that of Muslims living in India, though minority status is common to the target population. A family unit is strong amongst the community members, and relatively less integrated in the society. Indian Muslims are more integrated within South Asian community which comprise of Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi diaspora. Mostly, Muslim community members are friends with Indians and Pakistanis, and religion play a relatively lesser role in keeping good terms. Preference to socialize in society with Muslims is supplemented by the youth factor which pays less attention to the faith factor.
Role of Faith in Socioeconomic Relationships
There are some obvious differences between Indian Muslims and African American, one of them is faith. Christianity and Muslims have a unique relationship all over the world, such as, Muslims believe Jesus to be righteous prophet and henceforth, Christianity was the true religion before Islam. On the other hand, non-Muslims Hindus majority in India are not close to each other, if compared with Christian-Muslim relationship, especially of the western world. Though, Muslims and Hindus are still in better relationship as compared to the same communities at home countries, and this owe much to the nation building process in South Asia, along with element of modernity in the new generations born and raised in United States, and globalization.
In the past, I used to perceive Indian-Muslims as less hardworking and more of conservatives, though many stereotypes related to extremist personalities exist. But the visits provided me an insight into the intelligent, cultured, and pluralist in conversation community living in United States. A curiosity to understand the Indian-Muslim also existed because there existed some thoughts pertaining to their lifestyle and culture. I wanted confirm the cultured beauty of this culture because no culture can be less in standards or quality, because humans as social beings measure the relative superiority of one race, cast, culture, or religion over other. Maira (2016) identifies patterns of racial profiling when it comes to Muslims men living United States. Event of 9/11 has psychologically affected the social repute of Indian-Muslims in negative terms, though image has widely been improved over the past one decade due to social integration of the community.
Observing Activity of ‘Eid-ul-Adha’
A visit to an Indian-Muslim religious celebration of Eid-ul-Adha is common to all Muslims of the world, but there are some ways in which Indian culture is dominant. Food, dresses, language, and greetings remain the same as Indian cultural event. The only difference is the soft and light mode of celebrations, unlike Indian-Hindu celebration events which are high in tone and color. Modern families have high interaction with other community, though less with African American, and similar communities. Family and religious events gain much attention from a different square of the ethnic communities, but most attendees in the event are Indian and Pakistani Muslims. Food had the same spice as Indian culture, and some of the items in the menu resembled similar taste to middle-east due to Islamic heritage. Lastly, respect for the elders and a kind behavior towards to the younger one’s was quite evident when it comes to socializing in events of Indian-Muslims community at New York. .
The cultural and religious insight into the Indian-Muslim community enhanced my ability as a member of African American ethnicity to better understand other cultures. As a human service professional, understanding of the target population is instrumental to providing better social services to the population. In conclusion, it can be said that the Indian-Muslim unlike other communities of the world have a rich and vibrant culture, and integrating them into the social fabric of American society will add value.
Maira, S. (2016). “Racial Profiling” in the War on Terror Cultural Citizenship and South Asian Muslim Youth in the United States. Contemporary Asian America: A Multidisciplinary Reader, 444.
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