America's immigrants stay connected to their home countries via satellite television. Afghan immigrants Fatima Majeed (c.) and Naseer Ahmadi (foreground) watch an average of eight hours of Afghan shows on cable TV a day in their suburban three bedroom apartment in Fremont, Calif. Their son Mostafa (background) says he has little interest in his parents’ shows. Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
Marta Salas blowdries the hair of a young client in the Rositas Salon in Fremont while a Spanish TV show plays in the background. Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
A satellite dish on a rooftop provides Afghan programming for shoppers at the Yekta Market and Deli in Fremont. Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
Televisions provide shows from India for their customers at the Bharat Bazar grocery store in Fremont, Calif. Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
An ad for Persia Satellite service is on display outside the Yekta Market and Deli in Fremont, Calif. The Internet has accelerated a trend that began in the 1980s with cable TV. Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
‘All the Indian ladies watch the soap operas, and they have stopped paying attention to their household duties. Now they don’t care if their husbands come home hungry.’ – Ram Lal, whose Bollywood DVD and CD business is being hurt by satellite broadcasts Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
A Hispanic TV show plays at the Rositas Salon in Fremont, Calif. Nearly half of Fremont’s 200,000 residents are Asian and 13 percent are Hispanic. Satellite TV providers have found immigrants to be a burgeoning market for foreign broadcasts. Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
The alligator, a six-footer at least, peeks his armored eyeballs out of the swamp to stare coldly at the man passing nonchalantly in a flat-bottomed aluminum boat. Perhaps realizing who he’s looking at, the gator winks away quickly into the cypress-studded waters of Louisiana’s eerie Lake Pontchartrain.