Sharing a Culture in a New Home

BollyX. Cilantro at Walmart. Competition on the badminton court at the Guilderland YMCA. A steady lineup of Bollywood movies at Crossgates.

These things, and much else, have arrived in the Capital Region thanks to an influx of Chinese and Indian immigrants. Exercise classes, groceries, sports and movies are the most visible evidence of changing demographics here, signs of a slow and steady influence on the existing culture. While white is still the most common race, the number of people who identify as Asian increased 27.9 percent between 2010 and 2015, from 28,216 to 36,095 people.

While that number represents the entire population of Clifton Park, if you live in the Hilltowns or northern Saratoga County, you may not have noticed a change in the population. Immigrants who made their homes here decades ago are the first to see it, because they had a hand in making it happen.

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