South Asian Identity in the United States

  • Anju Kaduvettoor-Davidson
  • Ryan D. Weatherford
Part of the Cross-Cultural Research in Health, Illness and Well-Being book series (CCRHIWB)


This chapter is intended to provide a better understanding of the term “South Asian American.” This will include a description of each of the major South Asian American groups including those who come from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives (Shankar and Sikanth 1998). General characteristics of people from each of these areas will be described, including specific religious and traditional customs. Next, South Asian American identity will be discussed, providing research findings on navigating a bicultural identity, model minority myth, experiences of discrimination, and impact of gender role and career expectations.


South Asian groups Identity Discrimination Health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anju Kaduvettoor-Davidson
    • 1
  • Ryan D. Weatherford
    • 2
  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.West Chester UniversityWest ChesterUSA

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