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

Caroline Brettell, anthropologist at SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, talks about how immigrants from India and Asia find their own way to become Americans while honoring their native culture.

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....