It provoked an interesting discussion between my husband and me. I am American, and he moved here from England when we got married. We talked about the immigrant experience and the way it's portrayed in books and films today. In The Namesake, the difference between America and India from the immigrant point of view seemed to be expressed not only in the subject matter, but in the actual way the countries were depicted. America seemed to be shot in duller colors and was bleaker, while India seemed to be shot in much more lush color and featured more cultural interest.
Although our situation is completely different, the film also made me wonder about my daughter. Chloe is 6 and identifies herself thoroughly as American, although we go to visit her father's family in England and France. I will be curious to see if and when she becomes more curious about the European side of her heritage.