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Telugu Americans

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Telugu Americans
Total population
415,000 [1]
Regions with significant populations
Languages
Predominantly:
Religion
Predominantly: Minority:
Related ethnic groups

Telugu Americans are Americans who are of Telugu ethnic origin, mostly from the Indian States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. They are a sub group of Indian Americans.

History

In 2000, Telugu people in the U.S. were numbered around 87,543. By 2014, the number surged to 222,977 and was 415,414 by 2017. The rise in Telugu population is attributed to the increasing representation of South Indian diaspora in technological field.[2]

Demographics

Telugu people now constitute of one of the largest groups of Indian Americans[3]. The majority of Telugu Americans live in New York City, Long Island, Central New Jersey, and Central and Southern California, with smaller but significant populations throughout the country in major metropolitan and micropolitan areas of almost every state.[4]

Language

The Telugu community in the United States is largely bilingual. Recent study by the US-based Centre for Immigration Studies shows Telugu as the fastest growing language in US which has grown by 86% in the last seven years.[5]

Religion

Vast majority is Hindu with significant minorities like Christians and Muslims.

Social issues

Due to the rapidly increasing number of students and workers from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in America, Telugu Americans have suffered from hate crimes in America. The most notable of these incidents was the 2017 Olathe, Kansas shooting, in which a white supremacist, Adam Purinton, harassed two Telugu immigrants, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, under the pretense that Kuchibhotla and Madasani were Iranians or illegal immigrants; later shooting them, killing Kuchibhotla and wounding Madasani as well as Ian Grillot, a white American who had come to the defense of Kuchibhotla and Madasani. [6]

Notable people

References

  1. ^ "Hindi most spoken Indian language in US, Telugu speakers up 86% in 8 years | India News". Times of India. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  2. ^ Bhattacharya, Ananya. "America's fastest growing foreign language is from south India". Quartz India. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  3. ^ Telugu, Reality Check team and BBC (2018-10-21). "Do you speak Telugu? Welcome to America". BBC News. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  4. ^ Avadhuta, Mahesh (2017-12-14). "Telugu language scores big in the US". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  5. ^ Bhattacharya, Ananya. "America's fastest growing foreign language is from south India". Quartz India. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  6. ^ "Olathe shooting: Who were the victims?". BBC News. 2017-02-25. Retrieved 2020-06-25.

Further reading

This page was last edited on 21 September 2020, at 04:11
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