The Mindy Project is a show I binged watched all semester. I loved Mindy’s character and I loved how cool she was in any given situation. I feel like I identified with her more as she is of Indian decent, but she was born and raised in America. Mindy does not completely personify her Indian character, instead only uses it when it is to her advantage. Honestly, I do that too.
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What really surprises me is the portrayal of a woman of color, specifically an Asian woman, even more specifically, an Indian woman. Most of the time when Indian people are portrayed on sitcoms or television in general, they are portrayed as nerdy with a thick accent and very traditional. They are also the least desirable character on the series and often ridiculed by their friends. The Mindy Project takes a different approach- the Indian woman who is most desirable. Mindy Lahiri proves that she is more than just a smart stereotypical Indian doctor by dating so many different guys. She gets pretty much any guy she wants, including most of the doctors at her practice, guys she meets in the most random places.
I find this empowering. As a South Asian woman, I have heard things like, “You’re pretty for an Indian girl” or “I only like white girls” even from other Indian boys. It’s discouraging and it makes young Indian girls feel that they are not pretty enough or good enough for boys because they are Indian. They are not proud of being Indian and do not realize how blessed they are to have thick full eyebrows, naturally tan skin and a bunch of hair on their head. Mindy Lahiri serves as a role model to young girl, especially one of Indian background due to her striking confidence.