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Latest Students, community members discuss racial representation in media with comedian Hari Kondabolu

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Wikimedia CommonsDespite a national call for more diverse racial representation in the media, the issue of representation continues to be complex and divisive as societal memory follows its push forward, according to comedian, writer and podcaster Hari Kondabolu.

Undergraduates, professors and other community members joined Hari Kondabolu last Wednesday for a panel discussion titled “Racial Animation: A Conversation with Hari Kondabolu.” The event is the first installation of a series co-hosted by the Asian American Cultural Center and Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration.

While much of the media deemed the documentary as controversial for perpetuating a culture of extreme political correctness, Kondabolu rebutted these misconceptions by explaining the evolving complexity of the issue of representation.

“You can talk about how he [Apu] is a representation of a model immigrant, but that’s not what people are laughing at,” Kondabolu said.

According to Kondabolu, this issue is relatively new to mainstream America, given that the past 10 years have seen a surge of Asian representation.

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