So how come that from 1985 to 2009 (25 years), 9 (that is, more than one third) spelling bee champions are Indian-Americans? And how come, that from 2000 to 2009 (10 years), six of the champions are Indian-Americans?
Remember, this speaks volumes about the contestant demographic. If six winners out of ten are Indians, what percentage of the participants are Indians?
Spelling bee is a rather meaningless contest, to spell obscure words. Why would an immigrant community be so interested in coaching their children to win this thing? Instead of, say, coaching them to become a baseball champion, or a gymnast, or a skateboarder?
The answer to this question may reveal something fundamental about the Indian-American mindset.
My hunch is that Indian-Americans are socially and physically at a disadvantage in the US, and to bolster their self-esteem, they try to excel intellectually. Moreover, to win a contest like the spelling-bee requires hard work and rote, not creativity. I think it is reflective of a slavish, colonial mindset.
Also, academic excellence, good educational credentials, and a salaried job are the safe avenues of making good money in the US. That's what Indian parents wish for their children, and it makes economic sense.
Moreover, social life in the US is considered dangerous and immoral by first-generation Indian immigrants. Better keep the child at home and give him a dictionary.
What do you think?