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View Poll Results: Are Indians just as successful as other Asians?
Yes, just as if not more successful 11 35.48%
Yes, just as succcessful 13 41.94%
No not quite 4 12.90%
Not even close 3 9.68%
Voters: 31. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-15-2011, 09:28 AM
 
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Everyone seems to put Indians aside but I have seen a high number of Indian doctors where I live. My friend attends Georgia Tech and he says it is full of Indians and a guy I know who used to live in Cambridge said that Indians were extremely common in MIT and Harvard.

For being LESS THAN 1 PERCENT of the population, I think Indians have done something right or Indian parents have raised their kids right. So why does everyone want to ignore our accomplishments and cast us into the shadows?
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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Everyone seems to put Indians aside but I have seen a high number of Indian doctors where I live. My friend attends Georgia Tech and he says it is full of Indians and a guy I know who used to live in Cambridge said that Indians were extremely common in MIT and Harvard.

For being LESS THAN 1 PERCENT of the population, I think Indians have done something right or Indian parents have raised their kids right. So why does everyone want to ignore our accomplishments and cast us into the shadows?
I don't see anybody doing that. If you're referring to the other thread, we were discussing an article that referenced Chinese parenting specifically, not Asian parenting in general.

Besides, unlike the UK or other parts of the world, AFAIK Indians are not referred to as Asians in the US - I don't think Indians really entered into anyone's mind in these particular discussions, as opposed to being ignored in their accomplishments.
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:02 AM
 
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What makes you think Indians are being cast aside?

Chua wrote a memoir about her Asian/American/Jewish family that is getting a lot of attention in the press. That's all there is to it.
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:11 AM
 
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Besides, unlike the UK or other parts of the world, AFAIK Indians are not referred to as Asians in the US
They are, if you check the US census classification. I think it's just that there haven't been as many Asian Indians until more recently.
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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They are, if you check the US census classification. I think it's just that there haven't been as many Asian Indians until more recently.
I'm talking about amongst the general population, not how they're referred to by the Gov't. If you're describing someone who's Indian to another person in the US you refer to them as Indian, not as Asian, like you would in the UK. However if you were in England, you'd refer to Indians as Asians and Asians as South East Asians. If that's clear, at all.
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:54 AM
 
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I'm talking about amongst the general population, not how they're referred to by the Gov't. If you're describing someone who's Indian to another person in the US you refer to them as Indian, not as Asian, like you would in the UK. However if you were in England, you'd refer to Indians as Asians and Asians as South East Asians. If that's clear, at all.

From my experience, Indians seem to refer to themselves as "Asian" - at least here they do. However, I think you're right that non-Asian Americans seem to not clump in Indians (from India) when they are referring to Asians.

In regards to the OP's question, I hear quite a bit about both the accomplishments and the strict parenting styles of Indians - but then again, I've lived in places with fairly large Indian communities.
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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I'm talking about amongst the general population, not how they're referred to by the Gov't. If you're describing someone who's Indian to another person in the US you refer to them as Indian, not as Asian, like you would in the UK. However if you were in England, you'd refer to Indians as Asians and Asians as South East Asians. If that's clear, at all.
Yeah, I think this might have something to do with how common the various groups are in each country.

In the UK, groups like the Indians and Pakistanis arrived in larger numbers earlier while in the US (and also in Canada), groups like the Chinese and Japanese arrived earlier.

Where I live, there are large populations of both these communities at the moment (generally the largest immigrant groups in my city), and it still seems to be that "Asian" as a word without context skews more towards the groups like the Chinese, but "south Asian" is often used for Indians and similar groups (used both on the census and becoming more common in daily speech).

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Old 01-15-2011, 11:13 AM
 
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I'm talking about amongst the general population, not how they're referred to by the Gov't. If you're describing someone who's Indian to another person in the US you refer to them as Indian, not as Asian, like you would in the UK. However if you were in England, you'd refer to Indians as Asians and Asians as South East Asians. If that's clear, at all.
You're right. The government may consider them to be Asians, but most people do not. Shoot, the government considers my husband Asian, but he and almost everyone else of his heritage won't consider themselves that.
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:27 AM
 
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lol Indians are Asian

This reminds of an anthropology course I took which said North Indians were Caucasoid, I laughed.
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:37 AM
 
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lol Indians are Asian

This reminds of an anthropology course I took which said North Indians were Caucasoid, I laughed.
We're not disputing they are Asian. Just that people in the US refer to Indians AS Indians, not Asians, therefore nobody was including Indians in a topic about the Chinese or other South EAST Asians.

So basically, don't get upset when people in the US discussing Asians don't include Indians.
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