Speaking at the New Yorker Festival on Saturday, showrunner and star Mindy Kaling said that one of the reasons why viewers have yet to meet her TV alter ego's parents is because she's had trouble finding someone that her late mother would have approved of to play her. [...]
Kaling's mother died in 2012, just months before The Mindy Project premiered.
"Arguments in favor of characters who “just happen” to be Asian American miss a finer point that, while being Asian American should not be any character’s only virtue, it’s still a part of her identity. Taking the “Asian” out of Asian American doesn’t make its characters more American, but less so."
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