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By Shilpa S. Dave

Amid immigrant narratives of assimilation, Indian Accents specializes in the representations and stereotypes of South Asian characters in American movie and tv. Exploring key examples in pop culture starting from Peter dealers' portrayal of Hrundi Bakshi within the 1968 movie The Party to modern representations corresponding to Apu from The Simpsons and characters in Harold and Kumar visit White Castle, Shilpa S. Dave develops the tips of "accent," "brownface," and "brown voice" as new how one can discover the racialization of South Asians past simply visible visual appeal. Dave relates those examples to past scholarship on blackface, race, and function to teach how "accents" are a way of representing racial distinction, nationwide beginning, and belonging, in addition to differences of sophistication and privilege. whereas concentrating on racial impersonations in mainstream movie and tv, Indian Accents additionally amplifies the paintings of South Asian American actors who ward off opposed to brown voice performances, exhibiting how strategic use of accessory can extend and problem such slender stereotypes.

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