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I don’t really think any blame or anything can be placed on Iraq for a reality show like this. Because what is a reality show ? It is dealing with people and their actual lives. And in Iraq this is what people are dealing with, bombings and war. So when they are choosing houses to makever, why not a house that has been bombed ?

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I agree totally with what Juan said. Being a desi myself it is still hard to connect with the way life is in India. I was born here in the states and this all I pretty much know. I can sit and watch MTV Desi and try to relate but it’s not really showing me anything because it is all so americanized. I think one of the best ways american desi’s can relate to indian born desi’s better are by the televsion shows that are being shown on networks such as Zee TV. In some of those shows and movies they help people relate better because it is not as americanized.

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Yes, this is true, Avi. It is not my taste nor Jill’s, but it would be of interest to those who are desis. Most desis, I think, would agree that while they are ‘of the homeland,’ that they relate more to the American ways rather than the Indian ways. While it may be true that India is gaining worldwide attraction because of its economy and nuclear proliferation-especially from the U.S)- it is still very poor and very tough to lead a good life.in India. Desis are living in America, a rich nation with unlimited opportunities. Why would a desi want to be associated with India then?

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Yes, this is clearly one of the best non conformist television reality programs out there. It is great to see that while shows like Americam or Pop Idol are gaining worldwide popularity and being copied simply by changing the name of the show to the local name, there are those who acknowledge that there is a great need for “real” shows about real issues throughtout the world. Learning that the program will not contain the same unimportant entertainment as most programs, it is with great admiration that we learn that the show will provide a need for social change among Iraq-or at least try to bring some kind of social change to a forgotten people.

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I agree that she must have been inclusive with her thoughts about Britain, but she also appeared to be mocking the girl with her facing expressions. It is a tough situation especially in a show such as Big Brother where such different people are brought together. In this case, there has to be a level of acceptance up front. We all learn differently about other races and cultures from our schools and our familiy. However, it is up to us to be tolerable to difference and not to be ignorant in times of anger.

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Avi Santo

Agreed, but should hip-hop become a “fragrant” global commodity that any group can simply appropriate in order to express struggle?

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Avi Santo

What “truth” does it reveal? It certainly complicates assumptions about Desi relationships to India/ South Asia, but is it any more “true” than an advertisement encouraging Desis to invest India, instead of against it?

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Avi Santo

While I agree Jonathon that the more diversity one is exposed to growing up, the more likely one is to be accepting of other groups, lets not forget that schools are institutions that have varied individual cultures, but largely adhere to very similar educational formulas that regularly marginalize non-Anglo history, culture, etc.

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Avi Santo

Possibly, though it also might speak to the contingent relationship that a transnational star like Shetty has in Britain, where her popularity might be partially tied to her “difference” and partly to her keeping her opinion about Britain to herself…

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Avi Santo

Lets not presume some mythical, authentic Japanese culture that is being eroded by American culture, but instead, how might this commercial speak to/ complicate questions of glocalization?