Question No. 12:
Do you like Americans?
Just the ones that tip me good! [laughs] I'm just kidding, but that's a good question. My friends and I talk about this all of the time. Let me be honest here. We don't like all Americans but like Pakistan, there are hundreds of millions of people in the United States. But I know what you mean. Yes,
we like Americans and most things American, but some things bother us and a few things anger us.
Question No. 13:
Can you provide me with some examples?
Well, there are some of the obvious ones like people staring at you or insulting you because of the way you look. No one likes that, of course, but I'm not here to blow anything up, I'm just here to go to school and try to live my life as best as I can.
Question No. 14:
Can you provide me with some examples of the less obvious ones?
It's hard to put into words. Well, one example is the amount that people tip me compared to our American drivers. On a good night, I can make
about $75 in tips but some of the other drivers tell me they make twice that. I don't know if they're just kidding me or not, but I work just as hard as they do. Also, it's the look that some people give me -- it's like they hate me already and they don't even know me. That's weird and it bothers
me. My friends tell me the same type of thing happens to them all of the time too.
Question No. 15:
Do you intend to return to Pakistan after you graduate?
That depends. I've been wanting to go back to visit my parents because my father is ill but I haven't been able to afford it. I don't think I'll go back to Pakistan to live after I graduate though.
Will you remain in the United States after you graduate?
[laughs] I guess that's up to immigration. I'm not sure, really. I've been thinking about the Netherlands or the UAE since there is a big demand for engineers there right now.
Synopsis of Interview with Mr. Hadi
Mr. Mohammed "Mo" Hadi is a single, 25-year-old engineering student attending a midwestern college in the United States. The results of the semi-structured interview showed that Mr. Hadi has largely successfully assimilated into his new environment and he is comfortable with his situation. Although Mr. Hadi continues to practice his religion, he reported that life in the United States offered several temptations that violated his religious strictures and that he would continue this lifestyle for awhile. At some point in his life, Mr. Hadi indicated that he would "clean up his act" and perform the religious pilgrimage to Mecca. Mr. Hadi also evinced a great deal of pride in his culture and country of origin, but he was also enamored of life in the United States as well. While Mr. Hadi did not report any direct confrontations because of his background, he did…