August 18, 2004

NOT IF TOM TANCREDO & JOHN KERRY HAVE THEIR WAY:

They're coming to America ... and staying (Raja M, 8/19/04, Asia Times)

When Harpreet Singh left Mumbai in 1994 to study chemical engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, he realized the dream of millions of Indians. From childhood, Harpreet wanted to go to America, so he built a little book of addresses, earned a scholarship, and is now one of more than 2 million Indians living in the United States.

In the 10 years since he arrived in the US, Harpreet abandoned chemicals and became a successful software engineer in Lexington, Tennessee. He married a college mate, Sudha Chidambaram, a relative of Indian Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram, has a two-year-old daughter, Kanika, and as yet has no plans to return to India.

Harpreet's younger brother Navjot, who has joined him, is a software engineer in Washington, DC. Their father, Chanchal Singh Chopra, and mother, Harvinder, manage the family real-estate properties back in Mumbai.

But a generation of such Indians share a transcontinental family life under clouds of market forces, such as the bitter outsourcing debate. Elderly parents live in India, rather than struggle to adjust to American culture. Meanwhile, the children do not wish to resettle in India.


We send them our scutwork and get back their most talented people--how cool is that?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 18, 2004 3:03 PM
Comments

Mexico handles it slightly differently. We send them manufacturing jobs and they send us peons.

Posted by: h-man at August 18, 2004 3:35 PM

to do the scutwork that isn't transportable. No matter how you slice it we get out of doing the jobs no one wants to do.

Posted by: oj at August 18, 2004 4:18 PM

Who does the scutwork in Iceland? Japan?

Posted by: Ed at August 19, 2004 10:16 PM
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