America’s newest immigrants: The Indian diaspora

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google (© Maurizio Pesce)

The United States of America has been a country built on the blood, sweat and tears of generations of immigrants: the poor, the hungry and the tired who came to the New World to begin a new life. The latest diaspora to the States comes from India, but they can be distinguished from earlier groups by several factors. Generally, they are well educated, white collar professionals and are known as the wealthiest of the country’s immigrant groups.

They differ from other immigrant groups in their desire to keep a low profile. They don’t make trouble. They don’t get into politics, and despite the fact that there’s barely an office or hospital in the country where Indians are not present, they remain almost invisible in the media, film and stage. They are a very tight-knit community whose facility to integrate has in no way interfered with its continuing emphasis on traditional values. 

Producer: Dheera Sujan

Broadcast: November 1995