For years Indian Americans were stereotyped as convenience-store owners and overachieving children.

Now, they are in a position of influence in American politics, media, entertainment and the arts.

This year, a record 80 Indian-American candidates are running for federal, state and local offices across the US.

For example:

– Dr. Prasad Srinivasan – Running for Governor
– Aftab Pureval – Running for Congress
– Ram Villivalam – Running for State Senate

In Media, these Indian Americans are making waves:

– Radhika Jones – New Editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair
– Nisha Desai Biswal – Head of USIBC

And, in Entertainment:

– Aziz Ansari
– Hasan Minhaj
– Mindy Kaling

All have their own shows, are directors, actors, and filmmakers.

Other Indian-Americans include Nikki Haley, the first of cabinet rank.

Indian Americans are no longer a small but a growing influence in the US.