What does it mean to be Indian in the modern world? It’s annoying how – to an American audience, Indian can often mean Native American, so there are insultingly reductive jokes like “Dot Indian, not Feather”.
And for some reason, lots of people assume Asian = East Asian – Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean. And so Indians have to be “South Asian”.
We may have to settle for “brown”, which we also share with Middle Eastern folks as well as South Americans, Latinos. Not quite white, not quite black.
Maybe we’ll use Desi. But apparently that’s a little problematic too.
All of the above is vague and messy but it’s something I’ve been wanting to think about for a long time. I have lots of questions, which I’ll flesh out later.
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