Between Bollywood and Suicide : A case study on the limitations of Dutch Tamils' integration processes in the Netherlands
Between Bollywood and Suicide represents how twenty Dutch Tamils experience their integration process in the Netherlands. At the hand of some stories, we will see that the Dutch Tamils’ integration experiences go beyond simple statements as formulated by for example Regioplan policy to measure integration and involve various feelings ‘between Bollywood and Suicide’. Some Dutch Tamils experience their everyday life in the Netherlands as wonderful, like ‘Bollywood films’. For the one’s who are traumatized, who strongly feel a loss of home and hearth, or who struggle with their bicultural identity, life in the Netherlands can be very difficult and even brings on suicidal tendencies. In addition, Bollywood films reveal as a kind of medicine: they symbolize a desirable life, and since particularly young women can identify with its main characters these Bollywood films help them to ‘escape’ their real life. Therefore, Dutch Tamils’ integration in the Netherlands can be seen in varying ways Between Bollywood and Suicide.
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