India West: SAN Offers Marital Advice for Indian Americans at Bridal Expo – Mar 13, 2014

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By A Staff Reporter
Mar 13, 2014

SAN’s booth at the South Asian Bridal Expo.

ARTESIA, Calif., United States

For the past few months South Asian Network has held focus groups with single, married and/or formerly married Indian American and other South Asian American women on marriage and the value it holds within the South Asian American community.

“We wanted to learn about their experiences and the messages they had received while growing up,” Aisha Ishtiaq, an anti-violence advocate at SAN, stated in a press release. “We wanted to learn if these women were having conversations with their future spouses about finances, debt, children, in-laws, and the responsibilities of marriage.”

To further gain a better understanding of the importance of marriage in the South Asian American community and to have a more open discussion on marriage, SAN attended the South Asian Bridal Expo on Feb. 23 organized by WeddingStore 24.

Along with various vendors offering services in bridal gowns, venues, photography, flowers, and food, SAN provided future brides and grooms resources on “what makes a healthy relationship, “how to better communicate with your partner” and “the questions to ask before you get married.”

Intrigued by the resources being offered, many brides and grooms came to SAN’s booth to discuss what they felt was needed to establish a healthy relationship. SAN talked to brides and grooms about their goals for marriage, the questions to ask before marriage, and the responsibilities they would have to each other after marriage.

To provide a space for couples to distinguish how well they knew each other, SAN challenged the couples to fill out a questionnaire to see how well they knew their partner. If they were able to fill out most of the questions, they were awarded a prize.

“This challenge is to help couples come to the realization, ‘do I really know the person I am about to marry’,” stated SAN staff Aisha Ishtiaq, when asked why they were presenting couples with this challenge.

Young couples struggle to communicate, lack an adequate support system, as well as sufficient preparedness for the challenges of marriage, all of which lead to an increase in divorce rates within the South Asian American community.

SAN seeks to provide tools, resources, and support to these young couples so they are better prepared to weather problems that will ultimately arise and to ensure healthy and happy families.

Those interested in more information about SAN’s upcoming focus groups on Marriage and the South Asian Culture for both men and women should call (562) 403-0488 x113 or e-mail


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