Ever Wonder Why Indians Rule the Motel Industry?
Did you know that nearly half the motels in the US are owned by Indians? Aarti Virani of the WSJ breaks it down in her Q&A with Pawan Dhingra, author of Life Behind the Lobby.
Excerpts from the WSJ piece.
<blockquote>In tracing the daily lives of Indian American moteliers, Mr. Dhingra discovered a world brimming with long hours, low wages and an intense dependence on the family network.</blockquote>
<blockquote>WSJ: What sparked your interest in this particular demographic?
Mr. Dhingra: At first, I was caught by the numbers of it all: 40% of all motels in the United States are owned by Indians. After initial conversations with motel owners, I realized there was a lot more to learn: how they got started, how they afford motels, what happens to their children. There are so many layers, it becomes fascinating. I wouldn’t have pursued this project because of the numbers alone, but they were a key part of why I got started.</blockquote>