Joel Stein has an truly atrocious piece in Time magazine, which opens with
I am very much in favor of immigration everywhere in the U.S. except Edison, N.J.
But really, what bothers me about this piece, why it didn’t strike me as satire, is that it seems to assume that there really is a dominant narrative out there, i.e. that “white” culture is where it’s at. Assimilation is not an option, it’s a requirement for these rude new aliens – but of course, that assimilation is on the dominant narratives terms.
Didn’t meant to insult Indians with my column this week. Also stupidly assumed their emails would follow that Gandhi non-violence thing.
Perhaps he thought the emails would also be curry flavo(u)red?
On that note, here is a quote from Amitava Kumar’s Passport Photos, which I am enjoying right now:
If the word ‘curry’ doesn’t have a stable referent or a fixed origin, how can its changing use by postcolonials be seen as a sign of resistance?