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My culture Hinduism and race Indian have been the most influential characteristics in my life These two characteristics combined also influence my other characteristics such as my age and sex In America my age restricts me from doing many things but coming from a Hindu background brings me many more responsibilities along with my age My sex prohibits me from achieving many life goals that other people would have no problem achieving My ethnicity and culture have had a very big impact on my social life Learning that I was different from others was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life I learned about one of my dominant characteristics in the second grade One day in class Steven Vogel cut out little red dots for me because I did not already have one on my forehead He also howled like an American Indian and did a rain dance for me That day I realized that I was different and I would have to live with it for the rest of my life I lived in a southern town of Florida near the border of Alabama where many people were not open to other races so I would have to get used to the taunting At that time I realized that I am Indian Growing up everyone wants to be in the in-group Being an Indian Hindu girl I was told not to go out I was not allowed to go to football games school dances or any other after-school functions No matter how much we want to be in the popular group in high school most Indian children belong in the group between the in-group and the nerds Hindu parents usually do not let their children go out because they believe their children will be corrupted For example I really wanted to go to my senior prom but I was not allowed to I was not even allowed to
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