Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Asian Indians in the United States have brought unique traits to this country. Education, family values and work ethic are perhaps the three defining ones.

The critical importance of education is drilled into us from early childhood. It is, therefore, no surprise that more than 64 percent of Indian Americans hold a bachelor’s degree or higher (as compared with the national average of 28 percent. More than 40 percent hold a master’s degree or doctorate. That’s more than five times the national average.

A high value is placed on the institution of marriage and the critical importance of having two parents raise children. Divorce rates, therefore, remain low.

An ethic of hard work is a trait shared with many other immigrant communities that have a deep desire to succeed in their adopted land. The magical combination of the above traits caused Indian Americans to rise rapidly in a country that deeply values all three.

They found themselves gaining prominence in jobs that required high educational skills such as health care (physicians), engineering, business management and highly skilled workers in state and federal government.

As they dug their heels in these professions, they were quickly rewarded with success, leading to more people doing the same.

Today, it is estimated that there are more than 35,000 physicians of Indian origin, 35 percent of all hotels are owned by people of Indian origin and, as of 2002, there were more than 223,000 Asian Indian-owned firms in the United States, employing more than 610,000 workers and generating more than $88 billion in revenue.

Sunday, March 03, 2013