Racial Satire, Race Talk, and the Model Minority: South Asian Americans Speak Up

Anjana Mudambi

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Abstract

Race-based comedy can help increase awareness of the social contradictions around race; but its polysemy underscores the difficulty of determining the extent to which race-based comedy may reinforce, rather than challenge, racial stereotypes. Racial humor focused on model minority groups may be particularly insidious precisely because the model minority discourse precludes claims of racism. Therefore, reactions to racial satire by model minority group members can reveal much about the functioning of the discourse. In this essay, I analyze responses by South Asian Americans to an ostensibly satirical column by columnist Joel Stein. While the strategies of racism denial used by many reinforce the model minority discourse, other bloggers challenge the column’s (re)production of racist discourse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-256
Number of pages11
JournalSouthern Communication Journal
Volume84
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 8 2019

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Keywords

  • model minority
  • race talk
  • racial humor
  • racial satire
  • South Asian

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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