From the Great Wall in China, Petra in Jordan, Taj Mahal in India to the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, Asia is impressively beautiful. Spectacular temples, majestic mountains, magnificent beaches, Bollywood, blossom trees, tigers and pandas, street food, volcanoes, skyscrapers and…Indians!
It comes as no surprise that the largest continent in the world has Indian diaspora everywhere, not least because it is home to the mother land! Over 7 million people of Indian origin alone live in the six Gulf Cooperation Countries nations – Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. On the Indian subcontinent, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are home to many of Indian origin. South and South East Asia have had a significant Indian influence over centuries and many live in Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand. There are sizeable communities in Afghanistan, Armenia, Cyprus, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen and very few, (but still there!), in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Southeast Asia was under the Indian sphere of cultural influence thousands of years ago when Hindu-Buddhist influence was absorbed by politics, establishing trade, cultural and political relations with these countries. Many of the Gulf countries have had long established economic and political relations with Indian which continued under British India administration. It seems for most, that a natural progression from faith led to many calling other parts of Asia home.
Join us as we discover, celebrate and learn more about who we have become. Our Global Indian Asia journey has begun.