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Why Indian Americans win spelling contests

For the third time the US Scripps National Spelling Bee has been jointly won by children of Indian origin. Professor Shalini Shankar of Northwestern University explains why South Asian children do so well in spelling contests.

(Photo: Co-champions Nihar Saireddy Janga (L) and Jairam Jagadeesh Hathwar hold their trophy. Credit: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

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