Daily Notes on Literature, Pop Culture & Media, and Academia


Posted by litdaily on August 18, 2010

In this much anticipated comedy, Todd Dempsy, is sent to run a call center in India.  The show is about culture differences, culture shock, and assimilation where east meets west through imitation, recreation, and work…more>>

While the show has received much positive attention in the media, there have been occasional voiced concerns. Will the show be funny or offensive?  Read more>>

Certainly, the concerns regarding the “offensive” nature of outsourcing in today’s economic climate is an important consideration, however, other offenses also come to mind. One prominent one is the popularity and reinforcement of South Asian stereotypes: thick and heavy accents, passive South Asian women who are doe-eyed and barely audible, turbaned male heads, the westernized/modernized South Asian woman in jeans, etc.


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