Reporter Aisha Asif of Brooklyn Ink peeps into the life of Amira Ashfaq, a teenager of Pakistan origin, and highlights her day-to-day struggles to balance American and Pakistani cultures. Amira’s interests sometimes land her in trouble. Like when she invited her father’s ire because she wished to adopt a dog, something considered impure in her family’s culture.
“He always says Muslims aren’t supposed to have dogs, but I don’t understand,” said Amira, now 15, of her father. “God made him, so why is he different?”
The daughter of a former driver at the U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia, Amira immigrated to the U.S. with her parents in 2006. Unlike in Georgia, where they lived briefly after arriving, she has had to confront bullying in Brooklyn.