Monthly Archives: April 2012

California Leads the nation in creating Melting pot in the United States

The 2010 US census data shows that California has the highest number of Asian Indians with mixed racial background than any other state. Asian Indians for decades struggle to keep their identity in the US and thus far the mixed population is rather insignificant compared to other Asian cousins. Parents of US born children are slowly giving up controls in terms of marrying outside their own race/cultures and castes; and slowly opening to other cultures and races. About 11 percent of Asian Indians living in California have indicated more than one race during 2010 (about 61,363 people). Most of these mixed heritage population are very young, below 20 years old. Overall about 20 percent of mixed Asian Indians call Calfornia home. New Jersey, surprisingly has only 6 percent mixed race populations.. perhaps reflecting that most NJ Asian Indians are new arrivals (H1 boom) and still keep very close connections with India. More analysis is needed to decipher to understand mixed race Asian Indian population. More research results will be posted in these columns in future.
Source: Dr. KV Rao, 2012. Asian Indians in the United States, 2010

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Asian Indians in California have Highest rates of Heart Problems and Diabetics…

Asian Indians in general and particularly in California have the highest rates of chronic diseases like heart problems and diabetics, Dr. Latha Palaniappan found in her research.
There are unique cultural, social, and biological contributing factors to this dilemma as the group has lower Body mass index.  According to Dr. Palnaiappan a dramatic reduction in Type II diabetes can be achieved by making few changes to their dietary habits. The key dietary change that I would advise for improved health is limiting the intake of refined carbohydrates, such as white rice and flour. Instead, refined carbohydrates can be substituted with whole grains, such as amaranth, barley, brown rice, millet and sorghum. Asian Indians can replace white rice with brown rice, whole-wheat couscous, quinoa, or barley. While these alternative grains have a different taste and texture than white rice, they are much more nutritionally dense and can dramatically reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and chronic disease. ”  Complete interview of Dr. Palnaiappan can be found at  http://www.healthyindiandiet.com/1/post/2012/04/interview-with-dr-latha-palaniappan-researcher-of-indian-americans-chronic-disease.html   .

This is yet another reason, India Network Health Insurance introduced coverage for pre-existing related medical emergencies for elderly parents visiting from India at affordable premiums. More details on the coverage can be found http://www.kvrao.org

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Asian Indian population is the Second Largest Asian Group in America, 2010

US Census 2010 found that Asian Indian population in the United States is the largest single Asian group in the United States after Chinese population. About 19% of Asian Americans are Asian Indians. About 9.1% of Asian Indians reported mixed race at 2010 census. Of the mixed race, population, Asian Indians tend to marry more and more White Americans compared to other racial combinations. A detailed state wise analysis will be published soon by Dr KV Rao.  Once we consider Asian American alone or in combination category, Filipino population takes the second largest Asian group and Asian Indians are become third largest group.

Asian Indian population in the United States, 2010

Asian Indians Alone or in Combination with Other racial groups

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Asian American population in combination with Other races in the United States, 2000- 2010

The latest US Census Data demonstrates that Asians are one of the fastest growing minority population in the United States, particularly when taken into account mixed heritage of Asian Category with some other racial category between 2000 and 2010Asian Alone or In Comobination Population in the United States 2010

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