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Protecting White Power In A Corporate Hierarchy

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The objective of this chapter is to understand how the racial hierarchy of "white" over "black" is reproduced in contemporary society through institutions such as the media, and how the representation of this hierarchy affects the lives of Asian Americans as well as their relationships with African Americans and other people of color. The chapter discusses the three main themes: "Ethnic Heroes and American Dreams," "Emotional Segregation," and "Colorism." It also discusses each of these themes communicates the message that Asian Indians must strive for whiteness to achieve the American Dream of upward mobility. The stories of success told in Bollywood films equate Asian Indians with what Stephen Steinberg (2001) calls ethnic heroes..

Keywords:Asian Indians; bollywood films; emotional segregation; racial hierarchy



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