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Does the Indian Diaspora have Regrets?

July 9, 2010

About 2.5 million people of Indian origin live in the United States, making the community the third-largest Asian American population in the country.  Large numbers of South Asians first arrived in the United States in the early 20th Century, mostly to work in California’s Imperial Valley and other agricultural areas of the Golden State.

Now, great numbers of South Asians live and work in another of California’s valleys, as well as in large metropolitan areas such as New York, Houston and Chicago, and engineering centers like Raleigh, N.C.  Immigrants from South Asia came to the US to learn and for the prospects of economic advancement.

But in the last 20 years, India has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world. India is a world leader in information technology and business process outsourcing and is developing its manufacturing sector. India’s banks and economy withstood the financial crisis that destabilized economies around the world. The IIT system is a world renowned educational institution and a force for economic growth in both the US and in India.

So….does the diaspora have regrets about their move to the US? Does India actually have a greater upside? Was the strain on familial and social ties worth it? Or is the US still the land of milk and honey?

Former NASABA President Navneet Chugh and Vivek Wadhwa will discuss this topic on July 22 at the India Community Center in Milpitas, California.  The event is co-sponsored by the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California and other organizations. This promises to be a great event, so if you’re in the area and interested, register now.

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  1. July 9, 2010 12:01 pm

    I must say this is a great article i enjoyed reading it keep the good work 🙂

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