Namasté America: Indian Immigrants in an American Metropolis

Paperback | February 22, 2008

byPadma Rangaswamy

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At some point during the 1990s the size of the Asian Indian population in the United States surpassed the one million mark. Today’s Indians in America are a diverse group. They come from every state in India as well as from around the globe: England, Canada, South Africa, Tanzania, Fiji, Guyana, and Trinidad. They also belong to many religious faiths, including Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Jainism, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism. Many have high professional skills and are fluent in English and familiar with Western culture. They have settled throughout the United States, largely in metropolitan areas. Namasté America tells this story of Indian immigrants in America, focusing on one of the largest communities, Chicago.

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At some point during the 1990s the size of the Asian Indian population in the United States surpassed the one million mark. Today’s Indians in America are a diverse group. They come from every state in India as well as from around the globe: England, Canada, South Africa, Tanzania, Fiji, Guyana, and Trinidad. They also belong to many r...

Padma Rangaswamy is Project Coordinator for the Neighborhood History Project at the Chicago Historical Society. She is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Loyola University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:February 22, 2008Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271027754

ISBN - 13:9780271027753

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“One of the most comprehensive documents of the history of Indian immigrants in the United States. Rangaswamy demonstrates full command of the history, culture, and linguistic profile of America’s Indian community, offering both insiders’ and outsiders’ perspectives on issues of importance to immigrants.”

—Rajeshwari Pandharipande, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign