South Asian Activism Shatters Image Of Affluence

There is the increasingly familiar image of a rising, highly educated, affluent and politically connected group. Last September, for example, President Bill Clinton raised $1.4 million for the Democratic National Committee at two Indian American fundraisers on one evening here. Two days later, however, over 300 Indian and Pakistani cab drivers practically shut down South San Jose with a procession protesting the mugging death of driver Daljit Singh. The significant number of South Asian blue-collar workers–there are about 600 cabbies in the Valley–and their activism seem to have attracted little public attention.

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