Program Eight - Segment Four: H1-B Blues

In today’s global economy, job security is fast becoming a dream of the past.  The 1990’s brought a new type of worker.   In row after row of cubicles across America, immigrant labor powers the high tech industry.  Beginning in 1990, the H-1B visa program brought thousands of temporary workers from south Asia to fill vacant jobs in technology and education.  Since 9-11, policy debates on immigration have intensified. Problems for workers range from discrimination on the job to being fired at a moment's notice. Without a job, there's no visa, and a worker must leave the country almost immediately.


Sharmala Rudrapa, Shavali Shah, and Rajiv.

Produced by Ginger Miles


Aishu Venkataraman, Violinist is a 13-year old violin prodigy, playing in a South Indian style. As Divine Strings, she performs nationally while her father accompanies on drums. While attending middle school, Aishu also takes lessons in classical and bluegrass violin and has already been accepted to a summer program at the Berklee school of music. divinestrings.com

Further Internet Resources:


Prashad, Vijay.  “Of Solidarity and Other Desires.”  The Karma of Brown Folk, 2000.  

Takaki, Ronald, Strangers at the Gates Again: Asian American Immigration After 1965 (The Asian American Experience). Chelsea House Publishers, 1995.   

Yoon Louie, Miriam Ching, Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take On the Global Factory, South End Press, 2001.                                                                           

Zia, Helen, Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001.

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