CULTURE AND VALUE DRIVEN
For South Asians of United States, family unit is considered more important than the individual. Most South Asians have large families who either live together or in vicinity. Passing along family values, traditions, language and cuisine to next generation is very important.
South Asian immigrants, taken together, have a more diverse socioeconomic profile than Indian Americans. They trace their ancestry to India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Some immigrants from the Caribbean, East Africa and Fiji also identify themselves as South Asians.
MAJORITY FOREIGN BORN
Majority of South Asians are foreign-born, with over 75% of the population born outside of the United States. Many South Asians have careers in the technology and medical fields; many within the community are also employed in lower-wage jobs as cashiers, taxi workers, and restaurant workers.
DID YOU KNOW?
South Asians are the fastest growing immigrant group in the US
Indeed, South Asians have been one of the fastest growing immigrant groups in the United States, increasing in population from 2.2 million in 2000 to 4.9 million in 2015. Their population growth rate exceeding that of Asian American population as a whole, and is higher than Hispanic immigrants. Indian Americans comprise the largest segment of the South Asian community, making up over 80% of the total population, followed by Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Nepalis, Sri Lankans, Bhutanese, and Maldivian. South Asian populations are the largest in California, New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Illinois. They are also the largest Asian American group in more than 20 US states, including New Jersey, Georgia and Illinois.
The Early Settlers
Some of the earliest known South Asian settlers in North America were from the regions of Punjab and Bengal. Among the early immigrants were “‘six or seven Indian sailors’ brought to New England seminaries in the 1820s.READ MORE