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* Asian Indian

Although the first Asian Indians, Sikh lumber mill and railroad workers from Western Canada, arrived in the United States around the beginning of the twentieth century, the vast majority of Asian Indian immigration has occurred since the 1965 Immigration Act. Since this time, more than half a million Asian Indians have entered the United States, many of them in search of better-paid employment and better education opportunities. Unlike other Asian immigrant groups, the vast majority of Asian Indians live in the Eastern United States.

Web Sites

In Helpful Web Sites, you can find links to useful resources about India.


  • History of Indian Immigration to the United States: an Interpretive Essay, by Roger Daniels
  • On the Trail of an Uncertain Dream: Indian Immigrant Experience in America, by Sathi Sengupta Dasgupta

For some tips on researching abroad, see the topic All about international resources.

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