SURVEY: THE TELUGU DIASPORA IN THE UNITED STATES

Padma Indraganti (padmai@engr.csulb.edu)
Wed, 27 May 1998 09:28:26 -0700


Forwarding on behalf of T.L.S.Bhaskar. Please direct all your
queries to him.
-- Padma
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T.L.S.BHASKAR
RESEARCH STUDENT



Dear sir/madam,
        
     I am pursuing my research studies for my M.Phil degree in sociology 
     at the University of Hyderabad on the theme: THE TELUGU DIASPORA IN 
     THE UNITED STATES: with Prof.C.S.BHAT as my research guide.

     The word 'diaspora' has its origin from the Jewish context of 
     emigration or settlement abroad, away from their homeland, but 
     still finding roots in the 'motherland', maintain their culture
     with the hope of returning one fine day.

     The proposed research is being carried under the auspices of the
     Dept. of Sociology and the CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF INDIAN 
     DIASPORA, sponsored by the U.G.C. The centre is working on various
     aspects related to the Indian Diaspora (Indians Abroad). This 
     research is expected to gain much publicity in view of the 
     current linkages between India and Indian Diaspora.

     May I take a bit of your time and request you to kindly express
your
     views and provide information sought below. The expressed views
shall 
     be processed for the above research and in NO case would be made
avail-
     able to anyone without prior consent from you.

     Many of the questions below are open ended and you can answer them
as 
     you wish (in some paragraphs also, at your convenience)

     If you find anything missing please add.

    
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     1.Name_______________________

     2.Age_________________________

     3.Marital
Status:unmarried/married/other(specify))______________________

    4.Educational Qualifications: (indicate where you
studied)___________

     5. Profession___________________

     6.Income (in u.s.dollars)___________________

     7.Place of origin in Andhra Pradesh________________

     8.Year of departure to the U.S._____________________

     9.Place of destination in the U.S.___________________

     10.How did you come to know about this opportunity in the U.S.?
       
     11.Did you receive any help from the people who were already in the 
        U.S?yes/no.

     12.If yes who was instrumental in helping
you?Relative/Friend/Other.

     13.If you have moved away from your first assignment ,please give 
        information the change of jobs, places and reasons for the same.

     14.Do you have any Telugu friends or relatives in the U.S?Yes/No.

     15.Mention the approximate number_______________

     16.On what occasions you meet them and the frequency of such
meetings
        
     17.Are you a member of any Telugu Association? Yes/No.

     18.If yes give details.

     19.In what way these associations are helpful to the Telugus in the
U.S?

     20.How do you maintain the contacts with your family in
India(frequency
        and mode of contacts)

     21.What impacts your migration has had on your
family(social,economical,
        political,cultural,etc.).

     22.Under what circumstances/what ambitions, you proceeded to the
U.S?

     23.If the above conditions are fulfilled, mention reasons for your 
        further stay in the U.S.

     24.Express your views on the increasing migration of Andhras to the
U.S.

     25.What are the main reasons for this phenomenon?

     26.Mention the controlling factors for the same.

     27.Express your views on how Andhras adjust to the American way of
life?
        (social,cultural,etc,)

     28.What are your views on the American way of life ,values .etc.

     29.How best do you think your stay in the U.S.would help in your
career?

     30.If you have an idea of returning to India,mention the
preferences
        in the working conditions,places,etc.

     31.Express your opinions on the differences of working conditions
in the
        U.S and India.

     32.Express your views on the Indian govt. policies towards Indians
abroad
        and A.P.govt's policies towards Andhras in the U.S or abroad?

     33.How do you plan the life of your next generation?


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I would appreciate this kind of information from all persons from 
Andhra Pradesh and would be extremely grateful if you can forward
this pro forma. Please do answer and cooperate in my research work as
my thesis submission is nearing.
Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.
Yours sincerely,
      
        bhaskar.
 
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