“Burdened”: A Collection of Short Stories about Eldest-Born Daughters in Immigrant Families“Burdened”: A Collection of Short Stories about Eldest-Born Daughters in Immigrant Families

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2021-05

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Ameena, Irene

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Online discourse often paints eldest daughters in immigrant families as carrying an outsized burden within their homes. Many feel that there is a tendency for a larger portion of responsibility to fall on them, whether that is emotional weight or tangible tasks. The roles assigned to them are influenced by birth order, race, and gender. These factors intersect to give them a unique position in their families, influenced by the challenges of migration, the duties assigned to eldest children, and the patriarchal society around them. This collection of short stories depicts the lives of five eldest daughters in immigrant families: Minahil, Ty, Eniola, Vivian, and Luna. These characters come from different backgrounds and have specific family dynamics that affect the stories I tell about them. By sharing a slice of their lives, these stories function to tell about just a few of the experiences, joys, and pressures that oldest daughters face.

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