Christine Wong comments on the recent trend of Bollywood movies that are taking America by storm, and what South Asians can expect from Hollywood and American TV's representation of ethnic minorities.
COMMENTARY: Come on Down: A Chinese American's Words of Warning for South Asians by Christine Wong Yap
LEDE: Bollywood is taking America by storm. From Bhangra beats in hip hop, to American-born Indian actress Tanveer Atwall in Matrix Revolutions, South Asian Americans may be primed to stage a cultural coup in movies and TV. But, Commentator Christine Wong Yap, says the higher visibility for minorities can be disappointingly superficial. And she has some words of warning for South Asians
As a Chinese American artist, I?m fed up with the tired stereotypes and one-dimensionality forced upon Asian Americans in art and media. Though I identify as Asian American, my range of life experiences is much greater that. So to all the South Asian Americans looking forward to the next Bollywood USA flick, don't get your hopes up. Here are a few lessons I'd like to share.
Lesson 1: A littl...
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