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Old 11-19-2007, 03:42 AM
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Thumbs up Indians most prosperous immigrants in Silicon Valley

http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_7...nclick_check=1

"Even though three-quarters of the Indian population was born abroad, and more than a third have arrived since 2000, Indians have the highest median household income (about 44 percent above the county median of about $81,000), own the most valuable homes (about $860,000), and are the best educated. More than four in five Indian adults have at least a bachelors' degree."

"Fewer than 2 percent of Indian adults are divorced or separated - it's about 11 percent for the general population. "

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Interesting fact. Considering the fact that a decade back, most immigrant Indians are doctors and MS students who settled here after higher studies, this may be true.

Could it be same 10 years from now (with all this EB GC backlogs etc) where prime years where there is risk-taking ability is lost to EAD and FP renewals?
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Valley's faces of diversity: Census offers snapshots of 4 immigrant groups
By Mike Swift
Mercury News
Article Launched: 11/18/2007 01:38:35 AM PST


The Vietnamese aren't going back. Not ever.

Asian Indians, even though they are the newest arrivals to Silicon Valley, own the most valuable real estate.

Mexicans are the youngest.

And the Chinese, though many lack the English skills of some immigrant groups, are thriving in business.

One strand unites the disparate immigrant groups of Silicon Valley: They may be less lonely than the rest of us. At least, they are less likely to divorce, or to live alone.

For the first time this decade, new Census information provides a snapshot that illustrates how Santa Clara County's largest immigrant groups are growing, changing - and generally prospering, although some groups are far ahead of others.

The profiles also are evidence of how special Silicon Valley is. Santa Clara County is one of only two counties in America where there are enough Indians, Mexicans, Chinese and Vietnamese for the Census Bureau to generate a detailed profile for each group. Los Angeles County is the other.


When immigrants from 57 nations gathered in Campbell last month to take the oath of citizenship, people were asked to stand in alphabetical order of their country of birth.

Afghanistan through Bulgaria brought only a few new citizens to their feet. But chairs in the historic Heritage Theatre creaked loudly when Vietnam was called. At almost 100 people, they were easily the largest group.

Four in five people of Vietnamese ancestry in


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2006 in Santa Clara County were U.S. citizens - higher than other large immigrant groups profiled by the Census Bureau.
Madison Nguyen, a naturalized citizen who became the first Vietnamese-American elected to the San Jose City Council in 2005, said the high rate of citizenship is due to the fact that so many of the city's Vietnamese were refugees of a non-democratic government following the end of the war in 1975.

"When my parents decided to leave Vietnam, they knew they didn't want to go back," she said, adding that the way to really adopt the United States as your home country "is to become a naturalized citizen."


The economic success of the valley's newest immigrant group is eye-popping.

Even though three-quarters of the Indian population was born abroad, and more than a third have arrived since 2000, Indians have the highest median household income (about 44 percent above the county median of about $81,000), own the most valuable homes (about $860,000), and are the best educated. More than four in five Indian adults have at least a bachelors' degree.

Kailash Joshi, a prominent Indian entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, thinks Indians flourish in the United States not just because of their commitment to education, but because their native country prepared them for America's ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity, and its aggressive market economy.

"By that, I mean India has 21 national languages. Every religion in the world lives in India," Joshi said.

"We are very competitive. We come from a very diverse upbringing, so coming to the U.S. is a very easy move. We understand the U.S. like the palm of our hand."


A significant share of the valley's Chinese population lacks an advantage its Indian counterpart enjoys - English.

Twice the share of Chinese - 40 percent - are not fluent in English, compared with Indians. Yet the share of Chinese workers in well-paying management, professional or related occupations is strong, and the median income of ethnic Chinese in Santa Clara County is well above that of the general population, the new Census profiles show.

There is evidence the ethnic Chinese population in California is skewed, with people clustered in the lower and upper regions of the socioeconomic scale. Research also suggests "that the Chinese ethnic economy is functioning in a way to provide employment for those with limited English language skills," said Paul Ong, a professor of Asian-American Studies at University of California-Los Angeles.

From ethnic Chinese-born in San Jose, to recent high-tech arrivals from mainland China, to long-tenured immigrants from Hong Kong who grew up speaking English in a British colony, there is great variation among Santa Clara County's Chinese population.

Gilbert Wong, recently elected to the Cupertino City Council, was usually the only ethnic Chinese in school growing up in East San Jose. At San Jose State University, Wong felt closer to Chinese students from Vietnam, Singapore or Malaysia, who like him spoke Chinese as a second language.

"If you look at the second and third generation like we are, we are very successful in the schools because our parents pushed us to see that education is the key to success," Wong said.

Nicky Wu, chief executive of a San Jose tech company, believes the apparent opposition between affluence and the many people who don't speak English reflects a generational split: between a conservative, non-English-speaking first generation who scrimped and saved for their kids, and a second generation that speaks English and is succeeding in business.

"When they first come here, they work really really hard. . . . They hunker down and just make a living," said Wu, whose company, Proto Services, builds hardware prototypes. "Debt is really a bad thing in the sense of our culture. We don't spend what we make; we save."

The typical resident of Santa Clara County is about 36, although some ethnic groups, including the Chinese and the Vietnamese, are a little older. But Mexicans are much younger, with a median age just under 27.

Partly because of California and Mexico's historical ties and a Latino baby boom, people of Mexican ancestry are much more likely to be native-born Americans - only about 40 percent of Mexicans in Santa Clara County are foreign-born, compared with more than 70 percent of Indians and Vietnamese.

Age in itself helps to explain the births, demographers say.

"It's a population that is in that time of life where they are having kids," said Eric Newburger of the Census Bureau's Immigration Statistics Staff.

At 26, Maria Salazar had her third child - Melissa - last month. But she and her partner, Luis Gonzalez, agreed they would not have the large family more common in their parents' generation - Gonzalez is one of nine siblings. "This is the last one," said Salazar, holding Melissa in her arms.

Mexicans in Santa Clara share one trait with other ethnic groups - they are less likely to be divorced, and much less likely to live alone.

Fewer than 2 percent of Indian adults are divorced or separated - it's about 11 percent for the general population. Vietnamese and Mexican men and women are half as likely as the general public to live alone - the cost of housing, for those lower-income groups, may be one factor.

"Compared to other Americans, immigrants reflect more traditional family values," said Carlos Garcia, a sociologist at San Jose State University who studies immigrants and ethnic groups. "Even for our kids here (at the university), not living with their parents is considered to be kind of an anomaly, not something they want their kids to do."

Garcia said one rule about immigrants remains true.

Whether it has to do with diet, smoking, obesity, cultural traditions or language, "the longer they are here," Garcia said, "the more like the rest of us they become."



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Santa Clara County Censusprofiles are at:http://www2.census.gov/acs2006/Selec...les/050County/
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"Even though three-quarters of the Indian population was born abroad, and more than a third have arrived since 2000, Indians have the highest median household income (about 44 percent above the county median of about $81,000), own the most valuable homes (about $860,000), and are the best educated. More than four in five Indian adults have at least a bachelors' degree."

"Fewer than 2 percent of Indian adults are divorced or separated - it's about 11 percent for the general population. "

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Rahul, welcome to IV.

Just a reminder, IV is not an Indian forum and please do not open news related posts in new threads, there is a separate dedicated News related thread. Please post news there. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
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