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A Study of Indian Pornographic Videos in the United States

In many parts of India, family is a central part of the individual’s life. Family loyalty is valued, and personal interests are typically put aside in favor of the family’s. Personal decisions are often made in consultation with the family, and people tend to act in ways that will enhance the family’s reputation. Consequently, an individual’s actions will affect the way that other members of their community view their family. In addition to family, extended family members are important to Indians.

India is a diverse country with a rich cultural heritage. While 79.8% of its population practices Hinduism, approximately twenty-three percent of its population adheres to Islam and Christianity. Only a small number of people practice Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Many Indians are proud of their country’s large movie industry, centered in cities such as Mumbai and Chennai. Popular television stations are springing up throughout the country, displaying the diverse urban lifestyle.

While the term “Indian” has many uses, it is a misnomer for the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Christopher Columbus erroneously thought the Caribbean island was a subcontinent of India and thus referred to its residents as Indians. The term was then extended to Indigenous peoples of North and South America. It can refer to the subcontinent of India, the East Indies, a member of an aboriginal American tribe, or a citizen of the Republic of India. Although Inuit and Yupik are not formally considered Indians, the term is still used to refer to a group of people of a similar heritage, regardless of whether the individuals are from the same country.

While caste is not the be-all-and-end-all of Indian history, it is an important element in the country’s historical civilization. As a result of the rise and fall of various kingdoms in India, trade, and religion developed. At one point, India was home to about one-fourth of the world’s population. The Indian subcontinent is home to ancient Indians and Middle Easterners, Central Asians, and Southeast Asians.

The study of Indian Americans reveals a mosaic of immigrants who have come to the United States and those who have been residents for decades. The majority of Indian Americans are immigrants, while a rising number were born in the country. Some of these people hold their traditional identities, while others have eschewed them for a nonhyphenated “American” identity. Despite its overall success, the ethnic group is still subject to discrimination and contestation over belonging.

Despite the emergence of a growing Indian American population, the religious diversity of the community is still relatively homogeneous. A comparison of the three major religious groups in the Indian American community (Christian, Hindu, and Muslim) shows that a larger percentage of Indian Americans are members of the same religion. Only two percent, however, report that they have no Indian friends or no Indian social networks at all. While this is a minority of respondents, it indicates the diversity of Indians in the United States.