I was drawn to further explore caste through a conversation I had with my former thesis advisor, Professor Sonalini Sapra, a Dalit feminist teacher-scholar, in the fall of 2020. We were meeting to pick a potential topic of research for my senior thesis. In the meeting, we discussed the new Netflix docu-series, “Indian Matchmaking,” pointing out several problematic elements of casteism, colorism, and sexism in the show. She expressed that it would be interesting to do an intersectional analysis on the show, exploring caste, gender, and colorism in the South Asian Diaspora.
NCAAT’s blog is a chance for NCAAT staff and community members to write about topics relating to their passions, interests, and the Asian American community in North Carolina. The views expressed in NCAAT’s community blog posts are not endorsed nor condoned by NCAAT.