South Asians Have Been Overlooked, But These TV Shows Are Paving the Way for Representation
Ever since I was a young girl, I didn’t see many people on television that looked like me. You see, I’m an Australian-born-Pakistani, and the only time a brown person was represented on screen was when filmmakers needed to fill the token geek role. South Asians have been made to be a caricature for the longest time, from Apu on The Simpsons to Raj on The Big Bang Theory. South Asians have so much more to offer, but it seems Hollywood was never interested in our rich culture unless it was to present an offensive trope.
Thankfully, there has been progress over the last few years. Don’t get me wrong, the industry still has a long way to go, but now, POC aren’t being cast as a background character. Instead, they’re given the lead. From Riz Ahmed being nominated for an Academy Award to Simone Ashley starring in the upcoming season of Bridgerton, it’s nice to see a step in the right direction.
Some don’t fully understand the effect representation has on young men and women, but when you’ve been overlooked your entire life, it’s life-changing. Which is why I thought it would be a good idea to celebrate shows that feature South Asians in a prominent role, or at least one that doesn’t reduce them to a punchline.