Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center
This is the internet version of the Kerala Center News letter. Vol.1 2000
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E. M. Stephen
E. M. Stephen
KERALA CENTER --Playing a Larger Role to the Indian American Community and America
Dr. Thomas Abraham
The 1,500,000 strong Indian Americans and immigrants have found a congenial atmosphere for preserving their cultural identity while joining the mainstream of American life. In contrast to other ethnic groups, we Indian Americans are unusual in our higher levels of education and our relatively dispersed settlement patterns although we have large concentrations in big cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco Bay Area.
Among the various Indian American communities, Kerala community is the second largest community in the U.S. after the Gujarati community. The community has established over a couple of hundred religious institutions with more than half of them having their own biuldings. With the enormous growth of the community in the U.S. and in the New York area in particular, the Kerala community felt the need for a community center. The Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center was born in 1990 with the inititative from its founder president, Mr. E.M. Stephen. With hard work by many dedicated volunteers, the Kerala Center came to fruition in September 1993.
The Kerala Center has now become a focal point to coordinate activities and services not only to the Kerala community but also to the larger Indian community. It has organized many educational seminars social, political and economic issues. Several day-long conferences have been held at the center. One such conference on Indian American Senior Citizens resulted in the formation of National Indian American Senior Citizens Association, which has been providing great services to our community. The senior citizens group has become an association member of the Kerala Center. Another affiliated member, the Global Organization of People of Indian (GOPIO) has also based its activities at the Kerala Center.
The Kerala Center now hosts language, music and dance classes. As a civic center, it has hosted meetings with several political leaders from India and the U.S. The center has made a great impact and image for the community in the New York Metropolitan area and in particular in the Nassau County of New York. The Kerala Center has also hosted meetings with delegations from India as well as from Kerala.
For Keralites living in the New York area, this is a great opportunity to be involved in a set up to provide service to our community as well as to build a good image of our community. We are looking for your support to enlarge Kerala Center’s activities so as to make greater impact among our communities – Kerala, Indian and American.
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