ERIC Number: ED256827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-15
The Asian Indians and the American Challenge. An Occasional Paper Series.
Mohapatra, Manindra Kumar
In the last 20 years, social science researchers have used a variety of methods to investigate the Asian Indian sub-culture in the United States. A national mail survey of over 200 Asian Indians uncovered a number of facts. The income, education, home ownership, and occupational profile of the sample projected an affluent image of the Asian Indian community. Only a minority of respondents had experienced discrimination and only 25% were supportive of the concept of a "protected class status" for Asian Indians. A majority had definite ideas about the public policy priorities of the American and Indian Governments and were very knowledgeable about pro- and anti-Indian politicians. Many Asian Indians are troubled by the image of India in the Western media, and have to rely on the weekly Asian Indian community papers to know what is happening on the Indian sub-continent. Also, while the Asian Indian community is, in general, well-educated and affluent, there is an emerging need for support services. Other areas of concern include the status of women, the immigration laws, the quest for harmony between Sikhs and Hindus, employment discrimination (especially within the medical profession), the difficulty of obtaining religious education for Hindu youth, and the elderly. Some of these needs are being addressed by the growing number of Asian Indian organizations, but many issues deserve a closer study from a scholarly perspective. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky State Univ., Frankfort.
Note: Paper presented at the Symposia and Festivals on India (Oberlin, OH, April 15, 1985).