Namasté America

Indian Immigrants in an American Metropolis

By (author) Padma Rangaswamy

Paperback - £24.95

Publication date:

15 April 2001

Length of book:

384 pages


Penn State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780271027753

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.

“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