Caste in the South Asian Diaspora: Survey 2016
This survey is aimed at mapping the caste diversity and the caste experience within South Asian diasporas.  All answers will remain anonymous. 

Sponsored by:
Dalit American Foundation
Ambedkar International Mission (AIM)

 Ambedkar Association of North America (AANA)
Dalit-American Women's Association

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What is your age? *


 
Which city do you live in the diaspora*? *

*Please name the city in the country you immigrated to.
 
What is your gender identification? *

You may choose "Other" to type in your specific response.

 
Which of the terms best describes your sexual orientation? *

You may choose "Other" to type in your specific response.

 
What is the highest level of education you have completed? *

You may choose "Other" to type in your specific response.

 
Which category best describes your annual household income? *


 
What is your or your family's place of origin in South Asia? *

If your place of origin is not listed, you may state it under the "Other" option.

 
What religion does your family identify as? *

If your religion is not listed, you may state it under the "Other" option. You may  also choose more than one option.

 
Do you share this religious preference? *

     
 
If you said NO, please state your own religious preference.

You may choose more than option. If your religious preference is the same as your family's, you may skip this question.

 
What is your or your family's diasporic country? *

Diasporic location refers to the country you immigrated to. If your location is not listed, you may state in under the "Other" option.

 
Are you the first generation to migrate to the diasporic country? *


 
When did you or your family first immigrate to the diasporic country? *


 
What is the name of your caste? *

Please state the specific name of the caste to which you belong. Caste cuts across religious and geographical backgrounds. For example, to see how how caste operates in South Asian Islamic communities,  please see  - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caste_system_among_Muslims .
Some example responses are: Iyer, Mahar, Syed, Bagdi, Yadav, Kamma, Julaha, Qureshi, Chettri, Newar, Syrian Christian, Latin Christian, Berava, Navandanna, Govigama, Agamudaiyar, Bhagobenees, Rishi, Tele, Namashudra etc.
 
Is your caste name your last name? *

     
 
Which caste group does your caste fall under? *

If you choose "Other", you may type in your response.

 
Are both your parents of the same caste ? *

     
 
If you chose NO, what is each parent's individual caste?

 
Which of the following best describes your political leanings with respect to the diasporic country? *

Diasporic country refers to the country you immigrated to. If other, please state next to your selection.

 
Which of the following best describes your political leanings with respect to your country of origin. *


 
Are you the first generation to have access to education in your family?

     
 
Does your family own land/property in your country of origin?

     
 
Does your family own land/property in the diasporic country? *

Diasporic location refers to the country you immigrated to.
     
 
How important is caste to your family in your country of origin? *

Please rate from 1 to 5, where 1 is "Not at all Important" and 5 is "Very Important"
 
Prior to immigration, did you or your family utilise Reservation (Affirmative Action) policies to gain access to employment or educational opportunities in your country of origin? *


 
Do the persons in your South Asian social networks largely fall into the same caste/caste group as yourself. *

Please rate on a scale from 1 to 5 .
 
Are people of South Asian origin in your professional networks of the same caste/caste group as yourself? *

Please rate on a scale from 1 to 5.
 
While in the diaspora, have you ever rejected a romantic partnership because of their caste? *

You may use the "Other" option for additional remarks.

 
While in the diaspora, have you been rejected by romantic partners because of your caste? *

You may use the "Other" option for additional remarks.

 
Are you in favor of Reservation (Affirmative Action) policies allowing marginalized caste populations increased access to education or jobs? *

     
 
What is your food preference? *

You may use the other option to describe your food preference if not listed.

 
Would you say your food preferences are a result of your caste's culture? *

     
 
Do you think that caste has determined your physical appearance ? *

     
 
Do you think your caste has determined your family's economic background ? *

     
 
Have you or your family worried about your friend and social networks in the diaspora finding out your caste? *

Diaspora refers to the country you immigrated to.
     
 
On immigrating to your diasporic country, did you or your family access your caste community for help regarding housing/school/employment ? *

     
 
Have you been subjected to caste slurs or casteist jokes in the diaspora? *

You may use the "Other" option for additional remarks.

 
Have you been threatened or physically attacked because of your caste in the diaspora? *

You may use the "Other" option for additional remarks.

 
While in the diaspora, you been denied leadership positions in a place of worship because of your caste? *

You can use the "Other" option for additional remarks.

 
While in the diaspora, have you been made to feel unwelcome at a place of worship because of your caste? *

You can use the "Other" option for additional remarks.

 
While in the diaspora, have you been refused service or been given poor service at a restaurant or place of business because of your caste? *

You can use the "Other" option for additional remarks.

 
While in the diaspora, have you been treated unfairly at school because of your caste by your fellow students? *

Yo may use the "Other" option for additional remarks.

 
Is there is anything else would you like to add with regards to caste experience in the school.

 
While in the diaspora, have  you been treated unfairly at a workplace because of your caste? *

You may use the "Other" option for additional remarks.

 
To what extent do you believe caste to be practiced in your diaspora? *

Please rate from 1 to 5 where 1 is "not at all present" and 5 is "very much present"
 
Do you have any other comments regarding your caste experience in the diaspora?

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