YOUNG JAINS OF AMERICA TO HOLD CONVENTION JULY 5-8 IN TAMPA
About 800 youth between the ages of 14 and 29 are expected at the 10th biennial Young Jains of America (YJA) convention July 5-8 in Tampa. The theme of the event at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay is “iJain: Evolution of a mind.”
During the four-day convention, attendees will participate in discussions ranging from Jain philosophy to practical applications of Jain principles in daily life. Keynote speaker is Vivek Maru, senior counsel in the Justice Reform Group of the World. Other speakers include ex-congressional candidate Ashwin Madia and Robert Cheeke, a vegan bodybuilder.
Attendees also will enjoy three nights of social events, including a talent competition attracting contestants from across the country, traditional Indian Raas-Garba dance, a 1990s’-themed social, and a final night of memories during the YJA ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Formal. The event is sponsored by the Jain Society of Central Florida and Jain Society of Greater Tampa.
GARAM GARBA JULY 7 IN ORLANDO TO BENEFIT JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION
More than 400 people are expected at the fifth annual Garam Garba on Saturday, July 7, in Orlando. Exit 10, a group of 35 motivated students from the University of Central Florida, has consistently held the event. Over the four years, they have raised over $10,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
This year, the group hopes to raise about $3,000. "We want to bring awareness of the South Asian cultures and obtain a strong voice for South Asians within our community," said organizer Paras Shah of Orlando. "We have some sponsors but we welcome more," said Shah. "This is all for a good cause."
Performing at Garam Garba will be the Rawal Brothers of Daytona Beach. The event will be at 8 p.m. at the HSCF temple, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry.
Tickets are $8 regular admission and $5 for students. For more information, call Sajan Parag at (941) 266-6324 or Paras Shah at (407) 484-4826.
PEW SURVEY: INDIAN AMERICANS MORE EDUCATED, FAMILY ORIENTED, DEMOCRATIC THAN OTHER ASIANS
According to the recent “The Rise of Asian Americans” survey by the Pew Research Center, Indians are the third-largest group among Asian Americans (after Chinese and Filipinos) and represent about 17 percent of the U.S. adult Asian population.
Here are a few of the findings on the Indian American community:
Regional dispersion. About 24 percent of adult Indian Americans live in the West, compared with 47 percent of Asian Americans and 23 percent of the U.S. population overall. More than 3-in-10 (31 percent) Indian Americans live in the Northeast, 29 percent live in the South, and the rest (17 percent) live in the Midwest.
Income. Median annual personal earnings for Indian-American full-time, year-round workers are $65,000, significantly higher than for all Asian Americans ($48,000) as well as for all U.S. adults ($40,000). Among households, the median annual income for Indians is $88,000, much higher than for all Asians ($66,000) and all U.S. households ($49,800).
Education. Among Indian Americans ages 25 and older, seven-in-ten (70 percent) have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree; this is higher than the Asian-American share (49 percent) and much higher than the national share (28 percent).
Marital status. More than seven-in-ten (71 percent) adult Indian Americans are married, a share significantly higher than for all Asian Americans (59 percent) and for the nation (51 percent).
Indian Americans stand out from most other U.S. Asian groups in the personal importance they place on parenting; 78 percent of Indian Americans say being a good parent is one of the most important things to them personally.
Indian Americans are among the most likely to say that the strength of family ties is better in their country of origin (69 percent) than in the U.S. (8 percent).
Compared with other U.S. Asian groups, Indian Americans are the most likely to identify with the Democratic Party; 65 percent are Democrats or lean to the Democrats, 18 percent are Republican or lean to the Republicans. And 65 percent of Indian Americans approve of President Obama’s job performance, while 22 percent disapprove.
Among the counties in Florida with the highest Indian American population are Broward (26,051), Orange (18,142), Hillsborough (16,903), Miami-Dade (12,655), Palm Beach County (11,804), Duval (7,991), Seminole (6,531), Pinellas (6,010) and Polk (4,082).
Overall, Asians have overtaken Hispanics in new immigrant arrivals. Asian Americans now make up 5.8 percent of the nation’s population, up from less than 1 percent in 1965, when the modern immigration wave from Asia began. In 2010, 36 percent of new immigrants to the U.S. were Asian, up from 19 percent in 2000. The share of new immigrants who were Hispanic in 2010 was 31 percent, down from 59 percent in 2000.
The report is based on analysis of U.S. Census and economic data, and on the new Pew Research survey conducted from Jan. 3 to March 27, 2012, in English and seven Asian languages, among a nationally representative sample of 3,511 Asian Americans. The survey also includes representative samples of the six largest Asian-American country of origin groups – Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Filipino and Vietnamese – which comprise more than 80 percent of all Asian Americans.
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