Vivek Wadhwa – ‘Are Indians the Model Immigrants?’

According to the 2000 Census, the median household income of Indians was $70,708-far above the national median of $50,046. The Census Bureau says that 63.9% of Indians over 25 hold at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with the national average of 24.4%.

An Asian-American hospitality industry advocacy group says that Indians own 50% of all economy lodging and 37% of all hotels in the U.S. AnnaLee Saxenian, a dean and professor at University of California, Berkeley, estimates that in the late 1990s, close to 10% of technology startups in Silicon Valley were headed by Indians.

You’ll find Indian physicians working in almost every hospital as well as running small-town practices. Indian journalists hold senior positions at major publications, and Indian faculty have gained senior appointments at most universities. Last month, Indra Nooyi, an Indian woman, was named CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) (see, 8/14/06, “PepsiCo Shakes It Up”). Census data show that 81.8% of Indian immigrants arrived in the U.S. after 1980.

Vivek has provided the clearest logical viewpoints on the success stories of Indians in US. Read the full article of Business Week. It is inspiring. It is not just luck, but perspiration that has brought Indians where they are.

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