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The Colorblind ScreenTelevision in Post-Racial America$
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Sarah Nilsen and Sarah E. Turner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479809769

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479809769.001.0001

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Matchmakers and Cultural Compatibility

Matchmakers and Cultural Compatibility

Arranged Marriage, South Asians, and Racial Narratives on American Television

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(p.261) 11 Matchmakers and Cultural Compatibility
Source:
The Colorblind Screen
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Shilpa Davé

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479809769.003.0011

This chapter looks at the manner in which interracial relationships are rendered in media during a period defined by post-racial identity formations. It examines episodes from television shows that feature Indian weddings such as The Simpsons (1989–), The Office (2005–13), and Miss Match (2003–4) to argue that twenty-first-century portrayals of arranged marriages on television provides a narrative that dissolves rather than emphasizes the foreign nature of the arrangement process in American culture, and instead shows a compatibility between American and Indian ideas of matchmaking. In a post-racial world, the phrase “arranged marriage” is a racial and cultural marker of South Asian and particularly Indian culture, which makes it an appropriate and provocative topic of discussion. An examination of how racial narratives operate in a supposed post-racial world highlights the intersection of racial and gendered narratives about romance and marriage.

Keywords:   interracial relationships, media, identity formations, post-racial, Indian weddings, matchmaking, arranged marriage, racial narratives, romance, Indian culture

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