Monday, April 28, 2008

ABCDs in India

NPR: In this broadcast we talk to a bunch of American-born Indians and their local friends who discuss what it's like to come "home" and what it's like to be invaded by Americans who want to rediscover their "Indian-ness". The locals have a nickname for these Americans —they call them "ABCDs." That's an acronym for American-Born Confused Desis. Desi is slang for an Indian guy or gal, and the term basically means kids from America who return a little mixed-up about who they are.

The conversation, as you'll hear here, explores all kinds of issues: the advantages of an American accent in India, the value (and limits) of Western experience in attacking pollution and poverty, the importance (or not) of movies and popular culture in creating social change, and why Indian women (some of them) like beef-eating men.

2 Comments:

At 4/28/2008 11:23 AM, Anonymous The Masked Millionaire said...

I don't the link works. However I did go to NPR and read some of the articles.

It is a little disheartning to hear some of the people say that they are Indian even though they were born, raised, educated, and protected in the United States.

Does anyone consider themselves American anymore? Maybe the Native Americans had it right all along.

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At 4/28/2008 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Masked Millionaire said...

It is a little disheartening to hear some of the people say that they are Indian even though they were born, raised, educated, and protected in the United States.

No offense intended but you sound like a typical white person.

Minorities are subjected to all manner of discrimination. It is only human nature to identify with the group that provided them with the greatest payoffs (in all respects.) In this case they identify with people that look like they do.

If a member of a minority group is rejected by enough members of the majority group who would they then identify with?

 

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