Monday, March 3, 2008

#32: Pointing Out the Absence of Indians in Medical Dramas

Indians like medical school. Indians like practicing medicine. We've also established that Indians like watching any portrayal of themselves in the media. It would follow then logically that Indians like watching other Indians in television shows about medicine. The bad news is there aren't that many Indians in these shows. The good news is that Indians like pointing that out.


In shows such as ER, Grey's Anatomy, House, Chicago Hope, Scrubs, and St. Elsewhere Indian characters have been rarely seen. It's only recently that ER added an Indian cast member and Gray's Anatomy included an Indian dude in Meredith's long line of sexual sexploits (not even a doctor, or South Asian apparently since he's listed in the credits as Steve Murphy). Fortunately Heroes has Mohinder Suresh, but I think he may be one of those fake PhD doctors like Dr. Pepper or Martin Luther King.

With so many Indians in medical school, majoring in biology and going to Stanford it's only a matter of time before popular media begins to reflect the realities of the current medical field. However, I don't know how exciting an episode of Dr. Biswas HOUSE would really be:

Malini, a young girl born into comfortable means in the suburbs of Northern California, applies to an accelerated medical program at a university in St. Louis. After three years of undergraduate course work in Organic Chemistry and Anthropology, which allowed her to study abroad in Argentina, Malini moves on to her first year of medical school without taking the MCAT. Her good fortune subtly alienates her from her college peers who anxiously enroll in Kaplan prep classes. Malini feels bad about this but realizes she has no reason to harbor guilt over her own success in high school that gained her admission into the highly competitive accelerated medical program. In fact, she begins to believe it is her friends' fault for not focusing harder on their studies. Malini begins to refer to coursework as "studies." She moves into a condo purchased by her parents in a conservative downtown location as she begins medical school. Her second year she meets a multiethnic student a few years her senior, who mistakenly calls her "Melanie" for the duration of their courtship. In her third year she and her multiethnic lover buy a dog and for all intents and purposes move-in together in a casual enough manner that doesn't necessitate a serious conversation. In her fourth year Malini is engaged and applying for residencies in New York City.

Nevermind. That show would suck.

11 comments:

harry said...

what would malini have written her thesis on? and what kind of dog would she have? i don't know man, she may be my type. hook a brother up yo!

email me at harryjigganathan@gmail.com

p.s. do you think malini has caramel highlights?

Mahotma in Herre said...

Malini had caramel highlights her 3rd year of undergrad and will get them again during her second year of residency when the demanding nature of the job forces her to question the resiliency of her youth. Her multiethnic lover, however, will prefer a natural look and convince her to wear her hair curly like Sarita Choudhury in Mississippi Masala. Malini's thesis was on the sexual politics of Maori migrant workers in the Eastern foothills of Bolivia. It can be found in the archives of her undergraduate academic journal.

harry said...

hm. me llamo paikea?

Subhash said...

I'm sure malini was phirst class phirst and possibly the CFO of Mars. Is there anything she can't do?

harry said...

...watch all 13 VHS tapes of Mahabharata? Doubt she's done that.

Subhash said...

Malini directed the path, the tree, and the farmer which was roughly based on the Mahabharata. Wow.. Mahabharata is programmed into the iPhone...ya digg?

Anonymous said...

Indians are never portrayed in the media at all, you see African-Americans,you see whites,Hispanics,sometimes even Asians,but to see Indians is very rare and even then it's not a good role because it's racist and the Indian character is always portrayed in a stereotypical way. It would be like the Indian media portraying all whites as rednecks and hillbillies. I don't know why some Indians even accept those roles that make us look bad.I would never accept a role no matter how much money I was offered if it made my people look bad. I would have to be dying or in a desperate need of money to accept a role like that.They should have more Indians in the American media because the Indian population is so high here, it would only make sense to include Indians in the media and not completely ignore us. Indian population will always increase whether you like it or not. Another thing they love to do is to cast Indians in movies and t.v shows, but instead of them playing an Indian they make them play Hispanics. Hispanics have enough representation in the media. I don't get why Indians are never played by Hispanics so why are Hispanic roles being played by Indians. For example Freida Pinto she will be in Tall Dark Stranger as a Latina,but she is not Latina and contrary to popular belief she doesn't have Portugese blood. When the Portugese came to India many Indians, the Goan people converted to Christianity and changed their names to Portugese names to show their loyalty to them. That's it, no mixing going on. Mixed Indian and White are Anglo-Indians and they can be easily recognized, think Diya Mirza.So my point is I'm against Indians playing Hispanics because ignorant Americans think Freida is Hispanic and that Indians are ugly.

adham said...


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adham said...


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adham said...



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adham said...


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