Asian Indian Professionals: The Culture of Success by Sabeen Sandhu

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Irman, who is reportedly worth five hundred million dollars, finds the stereotype of cultural intransigence credible. His technological innovations have revolutionized the world, but he is gaining fame or infamy for issues beyond his technological and entrepreneurial expertise—immigration policy. ” He argues that the family reunification provision fuels the migration of poor quality immigrants, unlike high quality immigrants like him and many other Asian Indian elites. Irman expressed fear over the prospects of family reunification and forecasts that every qualified engineer begets at least ten “poor quality” immigrants who are culturally intransigent and do not achieve the exceptional feats of Asian Indian elites.

My supervisors— I don’t necessarily think that they see me as a better doctor because I’m Indian, but in general I think the stereotype is a good thing. 4 percent of the boards of directors of Fortune 500 companies (Springer 2012). Constructing a Culture of Success 43 start-up, does so in the information technology sector. Vikas explains the benefits of positive stereotyping: I know this from being an entrepreneur (laughs) but when venture capitalists see an Indian CTO, they boost your points in their mind.

It takes complete participant observation, in-depth interviews, and quantitative data to adequately address. Even then, this overlooks a critical tool in documenting the culture of success among Asian Indian elites—the self or the researcher. While this 14 After approaching the CEO Valley at a charity event, he asked that I complete it right my tape recorder, but took interview. of a major software company in the Silicon enthusiastically agreed to be interviewed, but at that moment. Unfortunately I did not have notes during our forty-five minute un-taped 22 Asian Indian Professionals section explored objective research methods, the next section details the more subjective aspects of my role as a researcher and how I curiously navigated the field.

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