Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

2012 Edition
| Editors: Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

Asian Indians

  • Ranjita Misra
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_53


Asian Indians or Indian Americans are individuals of Indian ancestry. India is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with 1.18 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. The US Census Bureau popularized the term “Asian Indian” to avoid confusion with “American Indian.” They are represented under the broader classification of Asian Americans (AA) or Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Sometimes they are also referred to as South Asians that denotes people belonging to various countries from the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal). Asian Indians are a subgroup of the Asian American population. Asian Americans are a heterogeneous group and comprise 5% (13.9 million) of the US population. According to the Census Bureau population estimate, Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group and expected to reach 22 million by 2050 (212% increase). However, Asian...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ranjita Misra
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  1. 1.Center for the Study of Health Disparities (CSHD), Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA