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This week we explore issues of race, ethnicity, and immigration on TV. More specifically, we look at different races & ethnicities and how representations have changed on TV during the past 10 years. Are these representations changing for the better? If these representations aren’t entirely positive, are they a step in the right direction? What even is “the right direction” for representations of a variety of ethnicities?
Here are some specific questions to consider when writing your blog post for this week:
In his article Thakore talks a lot of hyphenated-American identities on TV. Are such characters a stepping-stone for TV representations of people of non-white ethnicities, as the New Yorker article suggests about Fresh Off the Boat (in its last line of the article)? Why or why not? Should “stepping-stone” characters be forgiven what they lack (nuance, etc.) since they create exposure for non-white ethnicities — why or why not?
Why do you think Aziz Ansari’s “Parents” episode of his show Master of None was such a hit? Why was he applauded for the way he told a story about immigration and ethnicity in the United States? Why was Ansari’s way of story-telling about ethnicity in America so crowd-pleasing? What other shows have you seen that do as good a job as “Parents” did telling meaningful stories of immigration and ethnicity in America — explain your answer in detail.
Please include two citations from your assigned readings and from the lecture material. This could be quotations, paraphrasing, interpretation, or references.
References:
New Yorker on Fresh off the Boat
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/09/home-cooking-television-emily-nussbaum
Master of None episode “Parents” is the most talked-about episode of TV in 2015
https://ew.com/article/2015/11/11/master-of-none-aziz-ansari-parents/
Watch Master of None, Season 1, Episode 2 (Netflix)
https://www.netflix.com/title/80049714?trackId=200257859

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