Where Are You From? Middle-Class Migrants in the Modern World

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Acknowledgments

The friendships formed with the families I studied have surpassed the research scope of the fieldwork phase. My husband and I are happy to now include many of them in our transnational connections. I have learned from them more about the ups and downs of life and have enjoyed their friendship beyond what I can even attempt to represent with these words. My life course began to resonate with the families I studied. Like many of the migrants when they first established themselves in Britain, I was newly married and adapting to a new life stage, social role, and society. Of course, my migration came at a very different historical time and under a different context. Nevertheless, I shared with the parental generation the experience of dislocation and movement. Like many people who were at first unsure how long they were going to be in Britain, I had moved there only “temporarily” to get an education. I ended up living in Britain for almost seven years. With the children, I shared the sense of being a child of a migrant and growing up as a minority. The many points of familiarity with my own experiences, as well as the differences, helped me to think about the links between us in a way that moved beyond thinking about what constitutes ethnic group identity. I came to see the differences and variations of the global South Asian ethnic experience. I thank the families for their support and interest in this work.

The fieldwork project and research relied on material support as well. I would like to appreciatively acknowledge the support at various points in this project from the Overseas Research Student Award (CVCP,

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