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Geniveve Paul



Based on the history and demographics of Asian Indians in America I  learned that due to the discovery of gold and for a better way of life are the motivating factors that persuaded them to migrate to the United States.

 The Asians in general who came to America were considered to be high achievers and to already be in position of some sort of college degree, fluent in English and have advanced job skills. But what about the younger ones who immigrate here in their pre-college years or born in the United States who would be educated here? This group of Asian Indians is the focus for my interview. Assimilation in the public schools can be difficult or easy, each individual experience varies.

 The demographics for the Asian Indians show they are the second largest group in New York City with a population that is increasing rapidly and surpassing all other Asian ethnic groups.The Asian Indian population in Queens maintains their economic traditions where they continue to own small businesses. Once they get here to the United States, they already have a head start in achieving socioeconomic success. In other words much of the success of Indian Americans comes from the advantages they’ve accumulated even before setting foot inside the U.S.  And they are willing to work hard to get what they want.  A great emphasis is placed on education because they feel that academic success can lead to happiness. The importance of study and hard work are values passed on to younger family members.

Asian Indians also faced many difficulties although they are a highly educated group. They encounter such obstacles as language, religious values, ethnic and cultural identities that can affect their education and may even lead to an early discontinuation of their educational journey.

Case study R began her educational journey at high school but was fortunate to escape the language learning problem since she was fluent in English although she speaks three other languages.

"Because of language-learning problems and an inability to fit in socially Asian American immigrants who arrive in the U.S as adolescents are more likely to experience problems in school than those who arrive as young children (Irma and Rumbaut 1989).

In our research the obstacles encountered by the Asian Indians and education here in the United States are social and cultural. This was derived from the interviews conducted. These issues can be dealt with by culturally responsive teaching in the classroom and helping those students to see there is a link between academics and how they can function effectively in society. 

Schools should promote appropriate academic, social, cultural and spiritual development for students; here is where students should have access to a school counselor. Instead of the high expectation teachers have for Asian Indian students they should lower their expectations and have more Asian Indian educators as role models.

Schools that respect and support a students language and culture are successful in educating those students.

"There is a direct relationship between students understanding of their culture and role in society and their ability to function comfortably in society and to achieve academic success. When students relationships with the larger society are strained, their chances for academic success appear to diminish"

Schools have failed to make clear to students the connection between what they learn in school and what they must know to live comfortably and contribute to society (Jon Reyhner).




Renetta Edwards



In the case of Asian Indians, an overwhelming majority responded to financial factors. However, although Asian-Indians did leave for financial reasons, they also left for professional, educational, and social opportunities. For many Asian Indians, emigration was thought prestigious and a way to achieve  


According to research, Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They seem to be very satisfied than other races with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place more value than other Americans do on marriage, parenthood, hard work and career success, according to a comprehensive new nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center.


Education in India is regarded as being pertinent for the achievement of a better life. School is compulsory for all children and the children who graduate from the higher schools may be admitted to one of India’s more than one hundred universities and colleges, the largest of these colleges can be found in New Delhi. India has more than doubled the literacy rate although it is still only about 50 percent in that country.


In addition, although many of the schools in many villages may not have but one teacher due to brain drain and a shortage of trained teachers, they have continually been successful academically. The immigration of the Asian Indians to the United States has not deterred them from seeking advancement in the academic field.

Moreover, the basis of the evidence so far, this immigrant generation has set a bar of success that will be a challenge for the next generation to surpass. As of now, there is no difference in the share of native- and foreign-born Asian Americans ages 25 and older who have a college degree (49% for each group), and there is only a modest difference in the median annual earnings of full-time workers in each group ($50,000 for the native born; $47,000 for the foreign born). The two groups also have similar shares in poverty and homeownership rates.










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