On Tuesday, the FBI launched a hate crime investigation into a shooting at a bar in Kansas, in which one Indian national was killed and another wounded.

Last week's shooting sparked global attention after witnesses said the white gunman yelled "get out of my country," before opening fire on Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani. Kuchibhotla was killed in the incident.

Back in India, hundreds of relatives grieved at the funeral held for Kuchibhotla. With a rise of hate crimes observed right after the election (which has now returned to pre-election levels), some members of the international community are alarmed at the racial climate in the U.S.

The Association of Indian Students (AIS) at USC addressed their concerns by emphasizing how, "students would [previously] choose the U.S. as their first option to attend school, but are now considering other universities outside of the country."

From 2015 to 2016, a total of 165,918 students from India attended universities across the U.S. and 2,153 of them attended USC. Although the largest international student community on campus is from China, India comes in at a close second.

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