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  • When Srinivas Vemula first came to The United States, he did his homework. He did all that he could to watch Hollywood movies, listen to American music and practice his hand-shaking. Bringing his wife along with him after finishing college in Texas, they both settled in Aurora and now having two children.

    Now, he says it's hard to keep his two children from keeping his native language.

    "My wife and I almost never speak out native language, and the kids don't either," said Vemula. "It's hard to keep our culture alive when our kids are immersed with American culture from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the school day."

    But Vemula doesn't see himself as a typical Indian immigrant. His wife and him don't follow the same strict rules that most others in his community do such as taking many trips with his family to water parks and other small weekend getaways.
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