Indian. Jewish. Italian. Chinese. We take these cultural signifiers, stick a -American next to it, and somehow this becomes what we are. Only it’s not quite that simple, is it? For the children of immigrants living in America, life is a constant balancing act between the values of your parents and those of your adopted homeland. Few things are certain, and even less taken for granted. It’s turning down the car stereo blasting bhangra when entering a busy street. It’s trying to ignore that 5% of your brain responsible for judging how well you’re assimilating in social situations. Some pretty amazing insights come when you spend your life living at the intersection of cultures. DashAmerican.com is dedicated to illuminating (and celebrating) them.