Since the majority of us are 1st generation afghans living in america, canada, europe, australia, etc we have been raised and educated within the norms of our society and environment. Others who aren't 1st generation, moved here at a relatively young age and speak a language outside our native tongue.
If we do speak our native language fluently it is more or less a result of our upbringing. The same may go for the ones who do not speak it fluently or at all. This also applies to other aspects of our culture and traditions such as the food, our history, etiquette and traditions
There is a higher probability that you will raise your family in the same country you yourself were raised in or spent the better part of your adolescent life in. Very few of you may actually move to Afghanistan and not have to worry about the culture/identity of our future generations.
My question for all you guys is: How much of our culture/identity do you see yourself realistically passing down and enforcing in your children? What part of our afghan culture is important to you if not all of it? Will it be a mix of your own modern upbringing with the old, highlighting certain things vs others?
One thing that my uncles did with his children and I hope to do with my own is to enforce a pashto only policy at home. Living in the states the children speak and interact with their american friends 6 hours a day and 5 days a week. When they are at home they should speak their native language as much as they can. Ive noticed this a lot with hispanics who speak very fluent spanish as well as english. And they all practice the same method at home. For some reason this is less practiced out here in our afghan community. But that may be my own observation.
Its all easier said than done but I hope that we continue to maintain our afghan culture and identity for centuries to come.
And I'm really curious to see what the rest of you think