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  • 1. Indian-Americans By: Melissa Reynolds
  • 2. Statistics• Indian-Americans are one of the largest immigrant cultures growing in the United States. In 2010, there was an estimated 2,846,914 people of Indian decent.• The largest populations are in California, New Jersey, New York, and Texas.• There are growing populations in Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
  • 3. Education• A high priority is placed upon education.• Almost 67% of Indian-Americans have a Bachelors or higher degree.• About 40% have a Masters, PhD, or other professional degree.• About 88% of Indian-Americans between the ages of 18-24 have at least a high school diploma.
  • 4. Education• There is an estimated 50,000 Indian-American practicing physicians within the United States. Nearly 10% of medical students are of Indian decent.• There is also over 8,000 faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States.
  • 5. Income• The median income for Indian-Americans has risen from about $44,696 in 1989 to about $83,820 in 2007.
  • 6. Religion• Indian-Americans practice a variety of religions.• Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, Muslim, Christianity, Parsi, and Judaism are the prevalent religions.
  • 7. History• 1600s - Enslaved by the British and transported to the British colonies.• Immigration Act of 1917 - banned immigration from South Asian countries.• 1923 - Supreme Court ruled that those from India could not apply for citizenship.
  • 8. History• Luce-Celler Act of 1946 - Indians could once again immigrant and become naturalized citizens. However only 100 a year could immigrant.• Immigration Reform Act of 1962 - eliminated the allotted number of immigrants per year.
  • 9. Lesson Plans• General lesson around • Discussion about location, history, and stereotypes and where discussion about theyve come from. modern India. • Research projects• Discussion about around influential religions and traditions Indian-Americans in the practiced. United States.
  • 10. Lesson Plans• Language Arts - read • Art / Music - review books about India or traditional paintings or Indian cultures and music. Have students write about new topics try to recreate their learned. own versions using traditional Indian• Math - use examples of instruments or Indian currency and techniques of painting. compare exchange rates.
  • 11. Internet Resources• US India Political Action Committee - www.uninpac.com• Collection of resources at: AsianAmerican.net• Indian American Cultural Association - www.iacaatl.org
  • 12. Community Resources• Massachusetts Asian American Committee - www.aacommission.org• Boston Healing Landscape Project - lists of Boston area resources www.bu.edu/bhlp/Resources/boston/cultural _communities/asian.html
  • 13. Brief Bibliography• US India Political Action Committee. Web. 23 April 2012. http://www.uninpac.com• Wikipedia• India American Cultural Association. Web. 25 April 2012. http://www.iacaatl.org
  • 14. Brief Bibliography• Massachusetts Asian American Commission. Web. 25 April 2012. http://www.aacommission.org• Asian Community Resources in Boston. Boston Healing Landscape Project. Web. 25 April 2012. http://www.bu.edu/bhlp/Resources/boston/c ultural_communities/asian.html