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Old 02-28-2016, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Starting a walkabout
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I live in Iowa and it is near a suburb where my family and I are the very few Mexicans who live here (the only minorities in this middle upper class suburbs are East Asians and Indians/Pakistanis). The Wells Fargo Bank branch offers a Hindi translator just for them!

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I will just comment on this sentence.

Unless you have been living underground you would have noticed that everything from booklets to government pamphlets have both English and Spanish paragraphs. And innumerable business and government establishments have Spanish interpreters and translators. Why? Once Spanish has become a significant minority then they want to serve them and earn their business.

The Wells Fargo is a private business and wants to grow its business. It has found that having Hindi interpreters helps grow their business and Hindi speaking people are a significant minority there and hence it has added them. In areas of San Francisco they have Chinese and Vietnamese interpreters. It is just business growth model. I don't see why you, as a Hispanic, is jealous of this trend.
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Old 02-28-2016, 10:26 AM
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It is also the same branch which complains about the "illegals" speaking Spanish....it took a long while for them to approve a loan for my father when buying a house while other minorities do not face this scrutiny and he had a green card and is now a U.S. Citizen.

That was my issue with that bank branch. And again, some of the high earning Income Indians (like doctors and bankers) view Hispanics unfavorable as being too lazy and poor....one of the bankers who works there is Indian and he implied that since my dad and I have such good credit and outstanding bank history, it is hard to believe we are Mexicans and not Indians!

The ones who grow up in the States are better and not as stuck up, though.

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Old 02-28-2016, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Starting a walkabout
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It is also the same branch which complains about the "illegals" speaking Spanish....it took a long while for them to approve a loan for my father when buying a house while other minorities do not face this scrutiny and he had a green card and is now a U.S. Citizen.

That was my issue with that bank branch. And again, some of the high earning Income Indians (like doctors and bankers) view Hispanics unfavorable as being too lazy and poor....one of the bankers who works there is Indian and he implied that since my dad and I have such good credit and outstanding bank history, it is hard to believe we are Mexicans and not Indians!

The ones who grow up in the States are better and not as stuck up, though.
What you state is clear discrimination and smacks of racialism and I do not condone it. But not all Indians view Hispanics unfavorably. I think they are hard working and work much harder than an average Indian here in USA.
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I'm of Indian descent and I'm curious about this.

Judging by a lot of comments on various forums and websites, it seems to have become fashionable to talk negative about India and Indians in the wake of reports of various social problems the country has (which I'm fully aware of and need to be resolved or addressed), such as rape, poverty, caste system, etc. So much so that the most popular opinions often seem to be ones which have a contemptuous or even hostile view of the country and people. Even though there are some things I don't like about Indian culture (as well as some things I like), I still find such comments disheartening. People seem to make blanket judgments, with others agreeing with them (this can easily be seen through upvotes vs. downvotes on websites such as reddit and Yahoo! News).

To that end, does anyone still have a mostly positive opinion? Also, as this is the Asia forum, how do you view India in comparison to countries such as China, Japan, Thailand, or Pakistan?

And in your experience do you find Indians different in behavior when compared to other ethnicities?

Again, I'm asking this purely out of curiosity and wanted to get this off my chest.
I visited MUMBAI, and I left India with all of my preconceived notions being largely challenged. I didn't find beggars, harrassment, insane stuff going on. It seemed very normal. Very large and very highly populated city, but I felt quite comfortable walking around all kinds of different neighborhoods and streets, particularly up in the suburbs, where people hardly gave me a second glance.
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:14 PM
 
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I live in California and can testify from extensive personal experience that Indians (and Phillipinos, Asians, Sikhs, and other groups) have a vastly superior work ethic to Mexicans, Guatemalans, Salvadorans, etc.

A Mexican immigrant will be pouring concrete or picking fruit while his family burdens the social welfare system. An Indian will be running a motel or convenience store while creating jobs and paying business taxes. Indians make good citizens.
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Old 09-04-2016, 08:08 AM
 
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It is also the same branch which complains about the "illegals" speaking Spanish....it took a long while for them to approve a loan for my father when buying a house while other minorities do not face this scrutiny and he had a green card and is now a U.S. Citizen.

That was my issue with that bank branch. And again, some of the high earning Income Indians (like doctors and bankers) view Hispanics unfavorable as being too lazy and poor....one of the bankers who works there is Indian and he implied that since my dad and I have such good credit and outstanding bank history, it is hard to believe we are Mexicans and not Indians!

The ones who grow up in the States are better and not as stuck up, though.
Lots of Indians from India, especially the educated and well heeled ones, are very ignorant and parochial in their worldview. Some of them think that China is 30 years behind them! I guess they never saw the difference between Mumbai and Shanghai!
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Old 09-04-2016, 08:10 AM
 
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I visited MUMBAI, and I left India with all of my preconceived notions being largely challenged. I didn't find beggars, harrassment, insane stuff going on. It seemed very normal. Very large and very highly populated city, but I felt quite comfortable walking around all kinds of different neighborhoods and streets, particularly up in the suburbs, where people hardly gave me a second glance.
My parents visited Mumbai as well as some other cities in India. Their first complaint was the heat and the water, which gave them the runs for the first week. They only drank bottled water after that. Much of India needs serious upgrade in terms of infrastructure. Too dusty and run down.
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Old 09-04-2016, 10:08 AM
 
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The main problems with India are lack of infrastructure, lack of progress and national sentiment of complacency. The problems are independent of reported high GDP growth, which means nothing given those problems are prevalent. An Indian person would see nothing wrong with their nation. that would be okay to the rest of the world and may even given them a title of "biggest democracy in the world" to keep them that way forever.
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Old 09-04-2016, 11:17 AM
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Regarding Indians in the USA my experiences have been more positive than negative however I would categorize some immigrants from India as socially awkward their formal caste way of interacting with people of various backgrounds does come through which comes across as condescending sometimes. That's something I notice since I despise the habit of flaunting status(totally gross).
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Old 09-04-2016, 12:05 PM
 
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My experience with Indians in the US was pretty negative overall.
I did met a few of them which I liked, however absolute majority was dishonest and racists, to the point that once number of Indian folks reach certain level in a company or department (that normally means there's a hiring manager with Indian origin) they start behave like they own and drive everything, and they cannot be questioned, and basically do anything they want. The restrooms in such cases also go down the drain, as for some reason most of them have troubles directing urine into the proper hole.
I also noticed that most of them do not wash their hands after restrooms, yet like to shake hands - beware.

I value honesty in people the most - and this is where Indian culture has serious issues, they seem to feel that it's OK lying if it benefits them, absolutely openly, and see no shame in it. Disgusting.
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