June 23, 2012

WE'RE ALL JUST BRITS:

Indian Americans ahead of all other ethnic minorities in US (Yashwant Raj, 6/19/12, Hindustan Times)

Indian Americans are the third largest Asian American group at 3.18 million, behind Chinese and Filipino origin Americans at 4.01 million and 3.41 million respectively.

The first Indians came to the US between 1904 and 1911 as farmhands. They were then described as caucasians, and could become citizens and marry US-born whites. But that changed.  Immigration from India was prohibited in 1917, and a 1923 Supreme Court decision called them non-whites. The gates were thrown up in 1965 with new laws.

Indians started landing in waves, mostly through student and temporary-work visas, accounting for more than half of H1B recipients in 2011 (there have been cuts since). Their successes make the community the most prosperous and educated.

Median annual personal earnings for Indian-American full-time, was $65,000, higher than for all Asian Americans ($48,000) as well as for all US adults ($40,000). Among households, the median annual income for Indian Americans  was $88,000, much higher than for all Asians ($66,000) and all US households ($49,800). And, that's probably because they are better educated. "Among Indian Americans aged 25 and older, seven-in-ten (70%) have obtained at least a bachelor's degree."

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