I did laugh at the effort to bridge cultures, though, when Nagra’s character got married wearing a white sari. The hype about interracial television couples is that Americans have moved so far past race they don’t even notice.
“Honestly, we really don’t even talk about it or consider that it’s an interracial couple,”said He claims that a quick look at MTV proves that younger people don’t draw those lines.
Web-surfing indicates that younger people do indeed draw those lines, at least for purposes of fulfilling their attractions.
On has tools for getting to know the other culture that include instructions on how to keep a bonsai, cook Chinese greens and participate in Kwanzaa.
I am familiar with our so-called seductress image. My Asian girlfriends and I spent our college years snottily rejecting the few white men who came around as “rice lovers.” While I did experience an American man mentioning the Kama Sutra within five minutes of meeting me recently in New York, my adolescent self- image was much closer to nerd than slut.
To see all these Asian women who might also have been high-school nerds paired up with the most sexualized actors in American culture has been, I will admit it, a thrill.
The identity of Asian immigrants has shifted from mostly middle-class professionals to working-class economic refugees, and these people have moved into urban centers and suburbs simultaneously with upwardly mobile Black families.
The couples I spoke to met after finding themselves in the same place at the same time.
“Our desires are fashioned by consumption, by the media and by commerce in very deep-seated ways that we may not even recognize.
However, in real life, Asian women and Black men don’t get to be both equally sexy and smart.
“It’s easier for a Black man to get his foot in the door when he’s with me, “said Aarti, “especially if we’re working.” At least in the popular culture, there has been a long-standing attraction between Blacks and Asians.
The couple draws the same number of stares from Blacks and Asians as they did in the 1980s, and also faced family conflict in spite of having grown up together.
“My family was more open initially than hers, even though we had all known each other.
The representations tread the line between cultural authenticity, sometimes considered stereotype, and colorblindness.