[WashPost] Excellent piece on arranged marriage for Indian-Americans
Mon, 24 Mar 2003 13:26:24 -0800
> > They date, go to U2 concerts, hit bars with pals. But for the sake
> > of tradition and family, even some highly Americanized Indian
> > immigrants agree to wed strangers
> Of course, I'm firmly ambivalent about the outcome in the piece, but
> it's a very well-written profile.
Strangers, but well-screened strangers.
My guess is that the common ratio between
lifetime income and super-lifetime income
(family money) in a given culture predicts
In America, we expect people to make their
own fortunes, and part of that independence
involves arranging (and also, as an extreme,
dissolving) their own marriages -- but on
the other hand, we still have debs.
> She looked at me over her sewing glasses. "Jean Louise, there is no
> doubt in my mind that they're good folks. But they're not our kind
> of folks." ... Perhaps this was why she had come to live with us --
> to help us choose our friends.