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On the Slumdog Millionaire debate

Listening to Chris Abani’s talk at TED Africa 2007 brought to mind the recent furore kicked up by Slumdog Millionaire and its portrayal of India. This one line by Chris Abani settles the debate : ” Western narratives about Africa proliferate, I don’t care anymore”

I don’t think Western perceptions need to be paid so much attention: they can have their Slumdog and tales of filthy, jungle-raj Indian slums and other dangers from the Third World. The process works both ways. I’m sure many Indian men look at Western women and imagine them to be obsessed with the sort of non-stop sex portrayed in American porn movies. The litany of bad firang jokes in “comedy” shows re-inforce my point.

Music: Deja la Vida Volar (Victor Jara)

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