All rights reserved. The stand-up comic Hari Kondabolu, who is Indian American, had just finished telling a joke about being brown in America when the laughter was interrupted. The phrase is instantly recognizable to millions of fans of The Simpsons television show as the signature utterance of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who is portrayed unabashedly as a racial stereotype: the thrifty, borderline unscrupulous, and somewhat servile Indian convenience store owner. To Kondabolu, those words at a show in October were even more familiar. Now his irritation found expression in a smiling comeback.
The remarkable political influence of the Indian diaspora in the US
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In the Americas , the term "Indian" has historically been used for indigenous people since European colonization in the 15th century. Qualifying terms such as " American Indian " and " East Indian " were and still are commonly used in order to avoid ambiguity. The U. While "East Indian" remains in use, the term " South Asian " is often chosen instead for academic and governmental purposes.
A college student applies henna, the Indian tradition of painting elaborate designs on the skin. Photo: University of Illinois Springfield. Immigrants from India first arrived in the United States in small numbers during the early 19 th century, primarily as low-skilled farm laborers.
Published daily by the Lowy Institute. And what the experience and example might hold for a growing South Asian community in countries such as Australia. Early on in my career teaching postgraduate journalism students at a private college in New Delhi, a student approached me after class. It was obviously intended as an insult against me, but it got me thinking about the relative successes of the Indian diaspora in different places.