There is at present a paucity of research examining Bangladeshi Muslim Americans as a unique subgroup within the South Asian Muslim American population. The present study investigates how the experience of Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants in the United States compares to the generalizations about South Asian Muslim immigrants presented by the literature. This qualitative study utilizes fifty-eight open-response questionnaires and eight telephone interviews submitted by first-generation Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants to investigate how Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants conform to or challenge the generalized template of the South Asian Muslim immigrant and whether there are additional, previously undocumented nuances to the Bangladeshi Muslim American experience. Responses from the sample in this study suggest that Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants, particularly with regards to return migration, experiences with discrimination, and self-identification, do not entirely adhere to the archetypal South Asian Muslim experience.
|Keywords:||Bangladeshi Muslim American Immigrants, South Asian Muslim American Immigrants, Self-identification, Return Migration, Reasons for Immigration, Experience with Prejudice, Social Prestige for Immigration, Importance of Bengali Language|
Assistant Professor, College of Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, USA
Research Associate, Laboratory for Quantitative Medicine, Cambridge, USA