Asian Indian American

The Asian Indian
American (also known as Indo-Indians) community is a vast one that contribute
to more several facets of life in the United States. Some of these encompass the
economic, political, and social historical contributions of Indo-Indians to American
society. Other aspects will include the type of education levels, education
system, and the role of education, as well as the constructs of family and
religion within the family and the effects of Asian Indian Americans on pop
culture.

When comparing the Asian Indian American population, some
can be seen as higher middle-class; families that have economic stability,
higher education, highly literate in English, as well as high technical skills.
”Indian immigrants tend to arrive in the United States with higher levels of
education and as native English speakers” (Schachter, 2014, pp. 5-6, para. 2).
Some of the professions they will include themselves are medical, technical,
and legal. “The growth of Silicon Valley’s information technology industry
furthered the increase of Asian Indian professionals in Northern California”
(Schaefer, 2015, p. 368, para. 7). However, there are some that are considered
lower middle-class; lower economic stability, median education level and minimal
control of the English language. “…displaying less facility with English, and
the training they have tends to be less easily adapted to the U.S. workforce.
They are most likely to work in the service industries, usually with members of
their extended families” (Schaefer, 2015, p. 268, para. 8). Examples of these jobs
they might take on are as cab drivers, convenience store or motel managers.

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When
talking about the economic impact “in the United States, Asian Indians comprise
of approximately 800,000 United States born individuals that
have at least one India-born parent” (MPI, 2014, p. 2, para. 4). There is also
a contribution focus when addressing the annual median and household income in
contrast United States families. “…median annual income of $89,000 in contrast
of the general public being $50,000. Half of their household incomes were in
the twenty-fifth percentile of the United States income distribution; meaning
that their incomes were above $90,000 per year. Within the twenty-seventh
percentile of those households, an annual income that exceeds $140,000 is
within the ten percent distribution” (MPI, 2014, p. 8, para. 2). Another aspect
is the weekly earning of Asian Indians, which are well above average than any
other subgroup in American society. This is shown where Indians earn about
$1,292 in contrast to the average being around about half of that (USDL, 2014,
p. 9, Table 5).

When approaching the subject of education with Asian
Indians, there is a consensus that the majority of both first and second
generation Indian have obtained some type of scholastic degree; from India or
from the US respectively “The educational attainment of Asian Indians far
exceeds those of local populations for any given marital status or age group.
It is important to note that most Asian Indians allowed to emigrate to the
United States have completed their bachelor’s or master’s degree. This
selectivity is an important factor that contributes to higher levels of
education among Asian Indian Americans” as well as “…data shows that about 54
percent of Asian Indians held a professional or college education. Among Asian
Indians 20 years or older, only 25 percent have high school diplomas or lower…”
(Rao, 2013, para. 10). other data shows that the annual average, Asian Indians
age 25 and older, have about 76 percent of being in the group of college
graduates (USDL, 2014, p. 3, chart 1). The significance of education in an
Asian Indian family is very important, because it helps with their future, as a
continuous effect of respect to one’s family and also being a tool for
financial security.

When talking about Asian Indian family, the concept of
strong cultural values is very important in the family dynamic. Some of these
cultural values include “cultural continuity, education and financial security,
discouragement of dating and premarital sex, and association with the ‘right
kind of people’”, as well as the encouragement of “imparting these values to
their children is highly important and is to be passed on by modeling
behaviors, maintaining religious practices, and discussing cultural knowledge
with their children” (Iwamoto et al., 2013, p. 226, para. 1). Some aspects of
the family are that they must forcibly to assimilate them to cultural ways,
which are new and untraditional to their past generation. “They face the challenges
of a culturally different society, such as a language barrier, culture
mismatch, new lifestyle factors, and role reversal. In traditional Indian
society, extended family members usually live together as a single-family unit.
Often, the husband’s parents will join the family after they have retired or
when help is needed. The grandparents’ role in raising the children is highly
respected, and they form the linkage to the Indian culture, religion, and
heritage” (Alagiakrishnan & Chopra, n.d., para. 4).

The religious practices of Asian Indian families are very
diverse. “The majority of Asian Indians practice the Hindu religion. Others
practice Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity, or Islam…Other languages
spoken are Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Marathi, Oriya, Kannada, Tamil and
Malayalam. However, English is becoming a popular second language. Older Indian
immigrants may not speak English and may need a translator” (Alagiakrishnan
& Chopra, n.d., para. 5) in a variety of various
different situations. Like any other religions in society, the place of worship
is usually the nexus of the community and for both religious and communal
affairs. “…temples, Gurudwaras, and even Churches are flourishing as centres of
religious, cultural, educational, charitable and social activities…” (Krishna
Kumar & Mishra, 2002, p. 171, para. 2). Examples of some
cultural and religious Asian Indian organization are as follows: “The Hindu
Swayam Sewak Sangha, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Ramakrishna Mission, Chinmaya
Mission and the Swaminarayan Sanstha” (Krishna Kumar & Mishra, 2002, p. 171, para.
2).

Examples of Asian Indian persons in the various media and
entertainment outlets are vast. In the scholastic field, there is Jhumpa
Lahirli’s Interpreter of Maladies, which won a Pulitzer prize in 2000,
as well as Dr. Fareed Zakaria; the distinguished editor of the prestigious Foreign
Affairs and as editor of Newsweek (Krishna Kumar & Mishra, 2002, p. 170, para.
4) Others include film and TV stars which are: Mindy Kaling,
Kal Penn, Kunal Nayyar, and Aziz Ansari.

Indo-American cuisine consists of a variety of spices
which are used for preparation. These spices include; cumin, turmeric, chili
powder, garlic and ginger. Indian food also consists of a variety of beans and rice
dishes.  Asian cuisine takes suitable
well-timed preparation. A perfect example is a North Indian dish, Tandoori, a
clay-baked chicken or fish that is marinated in yogurt and spices takes
approximately an hour for preparation. Indian American families are less likely
to eat out compared to other American families due to the importance of eating
as a family. Preparation is in the hands of the females of them family. This
includes the mother, daughter(s) and other female family members. Males are not
usually assisting in kitchen procedures (Pavri, n.d., para. 24-27).

When talking about the various cultural aspects and the
way they are incorporated with the Asian Indians in their day-to-day
interactions in the information technology field. A big part that benefits them
in the workplace is the fact the various concepts of their adherence their religion
and family practices, and they have a high adaptability to the different
aspects needed in the workplace. Another thing to mentions is that as a result
of their high education and proficiency of the English language, they are able
to assimilate quickly and expertly in their new professional atmosphere.

The following are examples of some scenarios that might
occurred in the information technology workplace. In the first scenario, a
situation might arise from an Asian Indian employee whom has been getting
continuous complaint from client, of his speaking to rapidly, and as a result,
has been asked again and again to repeat himself in a slower manner. The way of
approaching the issue can be conducted by, that all employees must participate
in a monthly communication workshop, in order to better help the customer,
which is part of his job description. I the second scenario, several employees
have been partaking in discriminatory actions towards persons of the of other
faith, as a result of because they were a turban. These actions are direct
racial offenses which cannot be tolerated in the workplace. The way of dealing
with these actions, is participating in a monthly cultural workshop, in order
to create a soothing workplace dynamic. The third (and final) scenario talks
about a situation when the employee have a meeting that including the bringing
of food. This must include a preliminary indication of being aware of all
various religious and cultural background, in order to accommodate everybody at
once. 

Asian Indian Americans are culturally diverse, yet thrive
in the American culture as successful productive citizens in everyday
life.  Indian Americans appear in all
walks of life and depending on the generation, decide to stick to Asian Indian
culture as much as possible. Cuisine in Indian culture is essential to family
connectivity and communication, it allows them to remind themselves of their
Asian Indian roots and to stick to their culture. They face discrimination, yet
it does not interfere with the goals of success and living in their culture
comfortably.

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