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Indian, Vietnamese immigrants 'Americanised' but don't lose own identity


The following ran on Yahoo News India on Dec. 7, 2011. SMU anthropologist Caroline Brettell provided expertise for this story.

December 12, 2011

Indo Asian News Service (IANS) - Indian and Vietnamese immigrants become "Americanised" over time through social activities, but still retain their identities, say researchers after studying the two communities in Texas.

Typically, Indian immigrants came voluntarily, seeking education, jobs and economic opportunity, although some came to join family members, said Caroline B. Brettell, an anthropology professor at Dallas' Southern Methodist University, who conducted the research on the Indians.

Generally they have high levels of education and income, and typically already speak English, she added....


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