Miss America Nina Davuluri, whose victory was met by a barrage of hateful media tweets, has nonetheless succeeded in putting the spotlight firmly on the Indian American community after she became the first woman of Indian descent to win the coveted title.
Reacting to the tweets disparaging the beauty queen's ethnic heritage - some even called her an "Arab" - and questioning whether her Indian background makes her less "American," Washington think tank Pew Research Centre took note of the community's growing influence. The Indian American community, now numbering more than three million, has notably high rates of education, it pointed out.
According to the American Community Survey, seven-in-ten Indian Americans ages 25 and older, of 70 percent, have a college degree, compared with 28 percent of the general population. A Pew Research Centre survey of Asian Americans conducted in 2012 also found that that few Indian Americans (10 percent) say discrimination against their community is a major problem. Nearly half (48 percent) see discrimination as a minor problem, while 38 percent say it is not a problem at all.
"Indian-American women are going mainstream - from Monday Night Football to Pepsi's CEO. And now, Miss America herself, Nina Davuluri," quipped Tampa, Florida's FOX 13.
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