Says it all...
Anybody else hear anything about this workshop?
- Ernie P.
Begin forwarded message:
From: David Housholder <EthnoServe@XC.Org>
Date: 1998-11-16 17:40:46 -0800
Subject: [brigada-us-ethnics] Comments on Indian immigration
The following was in an article in the Atlanta Journal/Constitution
today about an Indian-American Entrepeneurs' Workshop this weekend in
Ravi Kalakota, head of Georgia State University's Center for Digital
Commerce, attributes the success of Indians in America to the
Immigration and Naturalization Services' involuntary and thorough
screening process. Kalakota said there were two waves of recent Indian
immigration. Those who made up the first wave, in the 1970s and 1980s,
were highly educated and came out of Indian universities, as did
Kalakota in 1989. "It was very difficult to come in those days," he
said. "Getting a visa was very difficult back then; you had to have
financial aid at a top American university just to get one. The process
weeded out a lot, so the people who came up to 1990-1991 were really
the best people India produced."
Kalakota also attributes the success
of Indians in America to the Indian education system. He said the
typical math taught in American universities is what is taught in
Indian high schools. "Math and science are emphasized. That sort of
raises that threshold quite well and it makes a big difference," he
said. "But it's only math and science. We have none of the social
skills, so it evens out in the long run."