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Every culture has it s tradition. Each tradition is different and usually doesn t cause problems in its own country. But what happens when Asian tradition is transplanted to a western county like England? Is it easy for a father to keep up his tradition if he lives in a different culture and does his behaviour cause problems for his children? Good examples of Asian families living in Great Britain can be seen in the New British Cinema, in movies like Bend it like Beckham with an Indian family and in East is East with a Pakistani family. In these families we have a rigid structure: the father is the head of the family. The mother has fewer rights than her husband. But the children, especially the daughters, have almost no rights. The mother and the children have to do what their father wants. He also does not accept his wife or his children having another opinion than his. He also is not scared of using violence against his family. Here Mr. Khan, who beats up his wife, is a good example. He tries to keep up his tradition and wants his family to live up to his ideals. The reputation of his family is very important. Nobody is allowed to do anything that could be bad for his reputation.

But what would life of Asian children in western societies be like if they were to live up to their father s ideals? In the two movies the children want to live like their British friends. They want to go out, drink alcohol, play soccer or have a girlfriend. But all these kinds of behaviour are bad for the family s reputation, according to the father. So what can the children do if they do not want to be outsiders in society. They could do everything secretly. And so does Jess in Bend it like Beckham. She is a great fan of David Beckham and also enjoys playing soccer. But it is a shame for an Indian family if the daughter plays soccer. Her parents are not fond of this hobby and her mother attempts to replace the love for sports with a knowledge of cooking (Mark Dujsik), so Jesminder has to buy her soccer shoes secretly and has to play soccer when her parents are out. This is a big Problem for Jess because her parents do not want her to do the thing she likes best. She is torn between her family and herself. In East is East the Khan children also have to do a lot of things secretly. Tariq is involved with Stella, the daughter of the racist neighbour Mr. Moorhouse. They meet though their fathers would never allow such a relationship. Especially Mr. Khan would be shocked. He thinks it is his task to select a bride for his sons. Mr. Khan had chosen a bride for his oldest son Nazir, but he fled the wedding ceremony and gives full expression to his homosexuality. After Nazir s running away, Mr. Khan declared him dead because this behaviour is a shame for the family. And how big would be the disgrace if Mr. Khan s son were gay? So Nazir had to escape and now lives without any contact to his family which is surely not pleasant. But Mr. Khan did ...

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