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Strangers in a Not-So-Strange Land: Indian American Immigrants in the Global Age, 1st Edition

  • Arthur W. Helweg Western Michigan University
  • ISBN-10: 0534613128  |  ISBN-13: 9780534613129
  • 176 Pages
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $57.75



This text is a case study of the Asian Indians in the United States. Almost unheard of three decades ago and almost nonexistent in the United States in the 1970s, this community is, on the average, the highest educated and claims the highest average family income of any ethnic community in North America. They are part of and representative of the new kind of immigrant coming to America. This text delves into the subject of immigration by focusing on how the immigration of highly educated and professionally trained migrants, which began in the late 1960s/early 1970s, differs from and challenges the traditional concepts of migration studies. The case study takes a transnational perspective and discusses the role of globalization and the current world system to form a more comprehensive study than those studies that have dominated migration studies and anthropology to date.

Table of Contents

1. New Land, New Laws, New People, New Theories.
2. Asian Indians in the United States: an Overview.
3. The Indian Diaspora: A Global Tribe.
4. Mother India: the Source and the Recipient.
5. The United States: The Land of Milk and Honey and Sex.
6. Ethnicity in the New World: With New People.
7. Finding Your Place in the New World.
8. Academic Scholarship and Sikhism: Conflict or Legitimization.
9. Old Immigrant/New Immigrant.
10. The Emigration Process.
11. The Student Factor.
12. Getting Organized.
13. Issues.
14. Secrets of Success.
15. The Second Generation.
Appendix A: Count of Overseas Indians, by Country of Residences.
Appendix B: Programs Used by Various Countries to Counter the Brain Drain.
Appendix C: Milestones in the History of Asian Indians in North America.
Appendix D: History of Immigrant Legislation.
Appendix E: Summary of 1965, 1976, 1980, and 1986 Immigration Legislation.
Appendix F: A Four Generation Emigrant Family.
Appendix G: Count of Asian Indian Foreign Students in the US.
Appendix H: A Chronology of Some Events Related to India and WA.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Arthur W. Helweg

Arthur W. Helweg is a Cultural Anthropologist who has studied people of Indian origin in numerous countries, including India, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, and the United States. He has authored, co-authored, or edited 8 books and 150 publications. His SIKHS IN ENGLAND (1986) was lauded in London's Times Literary Supplement and his AN IMMIGRANT SUCCESS STORY (1990) was awarded the Theodore Saloutos Book Award by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for the best book on immigration history published in 1990. He is the co-editor of the book series "Discovering the People of Michigan." He is currently a professor of anthropology at Western Michigan University.