San Antonio’s “Little India” is booming, thanks in large part to an influx of skilled immigrants from South Asia who work for organizations like Valero Energy Corp, the USAA, the South Texas Medical Center and H-E-B.
Many of the immigrants have arrived alone on relatively short work contracts, but others bring their wives and families and pursue residency or citizenship. The area has also seen an influx of South Asian residents from other states who have moved to San Antonio for the low cost of living and strong economy.
The city’s “Little India” is located both near the headquarters of the USAA, which employs many South Asian information technology workers, and near the Medical Center, where many South Asian physicians and medical professionals work. The area includes numerous Indian and Pakistani restaurants, grocery stores and community centers.
According to Dr. Jayesh Shah, president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, San Antonio now contains about 300 physicians and 3,000 families of Indian origin.
The nation as a whole has seen a recent burst of South Asian immigration. The new arrivals are mostly skilled workers, including physicians and technology workers. Cities such as Houston, New York and Chicago have some of the largest Indian populations, and Indians now represent the third-largest immigrant group nationwide.
San Antonio’s “Little India” is a source of community and cultural continuity for many members of the city’s South Asian population. Residents can incorporate their style of living in India into their new culture in Texas, purchasing Indian groceries, visiting Indian restaurants, meeting at the Hindu Temple of San Antonio and participating in popular pastimes like cricket.
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