The other lesson I quickly learned was that being unwhite also seems to mean that people make assumptions about what you can do. I remember once going to an audition for another familiar scenario, ‘Middle Eastern woman in a relationship with a white man and they have to fight everyone’s prejudices’. […] We did the scene and the director frowned at me. ‘Can you do the scene in Hindi for me?’


‘I think it would be a good idea.’

‘But I can’t speak Hindi.’

‘Why not?’

‘Because I’m not from India.’

He grabs my printed out CV. ‘Well, what do you speak?’


‘And you don’t speak any other languages? You should be ashamed of yourself.’

Should I? Would they be saying this to a white actor who hadn’t bothered to learn German?

– Miss L, “The Wife of a Terrorist,” The Good Immigrant (2016)


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