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    Census 2000 - Everyone from Indian subcontinent is Asian Indian

    In the US Census 2000 form , all US residents from Indian subcontinent are categorised under one category ' ASIAN INDIAN' (Asian so as ot to confuse with American Indians). All residents of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, SriLanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan are categorised as ASIAN INDIANS.

    Will Pakistanis object US census if they are classified as Indians?

    Reminds me a story on apartheid days in South Africa. A tourist was on the beach and said 'well, this is indian ocean, isn't it'. The hot replied 'no, this is european ocean. indian ocean starts in two kms. away from beach.'


      ZZ hahahaha good one.

      Ummmm I dont think there is an issue in my view because its the Indian sub continent. so asian-indian is okay.

      atleast now I dont have to wonder if i should check asian/pacific islander, caucasian etc.

      The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.


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          Census wants to count everyone

          Monday, February 21, 2000

          By LARRY LANGE

          RENTON -- Besides electing a president, the nation's biggest
          task this year may be conducting a census. Trying to count
          Puget Sound's Sikh community could be a proving ground for
          the effort.

          Census officials, trying to make sure they count all of Puget
          Sound's estimated 9,000 immigrants from the Punjab region of
          India, brought their plea to a Sikh worship service here

          "They probably will fill it out,"
          22-year-old Harinder Singh said
          of other community members
          as he socialized with friends at
          an after-worship lunch. "(But) it
          depends on each individual,
          whatever they want."

          Getting an accurate count of the
          nation's minorities and recent
          immigrants has been a
          long-standing problem,
          stretching back at least 20

          The Census Bureau estimates that at least 8 million Americans
          of all races were not counted in the 1990 census, based on
          after-count surveys of 167,000 households nationwide.

          The shortfall was more readily apparent among minorities: An
          estimated 4.4 percent of African Americans, 5 percent of
          Hispanics, 12 percent of Native Americans and 2.3 percent of
          Asians/Pacific Islanders were missed.

          To reverse the trend, the Census Bureau has begun a
          nationwide campaign, including 30-second TV spots, to
          encourage citizens to participate. Yesterday, two Census
          Bureau staffers attended the weekly Sikh temple service in
          Renton to carry their message.

          Most of the attendees listened intently as census partnership
          specialist Nikolay Kvasnyuk and recruiter Inder Dewan urged
          them to fill out the forms and make sure their neighbors did as

          Dewan deployed his command of the Punjabi language, to
          drive the message home.

          And Greg Gourley, a private Redmond-based immigration
          counselor who helped some of the service-goers emigrate and
          become U.S. citizens, assured immigrants that census data, by
          law, can't be shared with agencies like the Immigration and
          Naturalization Service for use in ferreting out illegal arrivals.

          Perhaps the biggest weapon in the census arsenal was Gurmit
          Singh Aulakh, a leader of Khalistan, a territory that has declared
          its independence from India and is seeking to establish an
          independent nation.

          Worshipers, shoeless and sitting cross-legged in their brightly
          decorated sanctuary, heard Aulakh urge them to not only
          provide census-takers with information but to make sure they
          put "Khalistani" as their nation of origin.

          "We are not Indians. . . . We are a separate nation," Aulakh
          said. "It is crucial for us -- we all must be counted."

          He also repeated census
          officials' reminders that the
          census figures will provide the
          population figures on which
          Congressional district
          boundaries and social service
          spending, among other things,
          will be based.

          Officials said understated
          population numbers will mean
          their community, like others
          under-counted, will not get its share of the $182 billion in
          federal program spending expected to be dispensed based on
          this year's population count.

          The bureau will begin mailing out the census forms to
          individual households March 6 and will begin visiting
          households in some remote areas by March 31. The agency
          must complete its count by the end of the year.

          Established Sikh community members felt confident that
          yesterday's message registered among their peers, who are
          regarded as among the best-educated and most receptive of

          "I don't sense anybody I know is reluctant" to take part in the
          census, said Dilbay Singh, a landscape business owner who
          emigrated here more than 16 years ago. "Language is part of
          the problem. It's not that people are reluctant, only that they
          need help."

          To provide that, the bureau has recruited temple members to
          help others fill out the new census forms, which have expanded
          spaces for information about native ancestry, home language
          and child care.


            *sighs* so?

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