A Pakistani store owner in San Francisco; photo: ©Lonnie Shavelson/photowords.com
From Pakistan to Silicon Valley
The South Bay region of Northern California known as Silicon Valley is home to large numbers of workers from Pakistan and India. For more than three decades, the remarkable success of the Silicon Valley high-tech computer and science industries has attracted a highly educated and skilled immigrant workforce from these countries.
Between 1990 and 2000 alone, the Pakistani immigrant population in the San Francisco Bay Area grew from 3,477 to 6,119, an increase of 76 percent. The city of Fremont, about 15 miles away from the heart of Silicon Valley, is home to many of these new residents.
A Thriving Community in Fremont
Fremont now boasts a thriving Pakistani community with increasing numbers of South Asian cultural institutions, supermarkets, restaurants and celebrations. Fremont is also home to the Naz 8 Cinemas, an eight-screen multiplex that features South Asian films, and three mosques that serve the spiritual needs of the largely Muslim Pakistani community. Siliconeer, the only West Coast magazine dedicated to South Asian issues, is widely circulated throughout the city.