(The special was recorded in the city on Minhaj’s request.) Through carefully constructed vignettes, Minhaj takes us through his childhood and adolescence, offering us a ringside view of his developing politics. Each person will define “Indian dating” differently, but there are some things to consider when seeking a relationship with someone from India. I don’t speak it that well, I speak poorly, but I can understand. Like I want to talk about adult things but I can only talk about them like a 12 year old. There was this Ashton Kutcher incident awhile back when he was a spokesperson for popchips. Growing up in Queens, me and my brother were very aware of racial dynamics from a super super young age.“East Indian” was a phrase I heard all the time growing up.
What did the potato say when it answered the phone ? In his new Netflix standup special , Minhaj gives us an endearing peek into his life, which is classic immigrant territory.In the 1980s, his parents moved to the US from Aligarh and settled in Davis, California.Despite being self-conscious over using a knife and fork — “Dude, I never used knives growing up. I think he was very briefly in a place called Independence, La., with his brothers. Then he came to New York and lived in Brooklyn Heights and then Elmhurst. My mom came in 1981, and my brother was born in 1982. The thing that I should have expected and will always expect from now on was the huge amount of Indian backlash, which was exactly in line with the mainstream white response. But then we moved deeper into Queens, to Floral Park, which is on the border of Nassau County that was pretty middle-class Jewish at the time.My parents don’t use forks” — he talked candidly with us about racial dynamics in Queens, why his relatives in India think he and his brother, Hari, are singers and lawyers, and why he’ll probably never leave New York. One of my parents is from Andhra Pradesh and one is from Telangana. Like, “I’m Indian and I think you should stop being a crybaby.” It’s such a classic Indian move of hedging your bets and aligning yourself with mainstream sentiment. It was Long-Island-y white people, if you know what that means.