• Natasha Paramasamy

The Importance of South Asian Representation

The importance of south Asian representation

This week I watched the Netflix show Bridgerton and found myself proud of my culture and feeling represented. This season provided us with the South Asian representation that has been extremely lacking in western media. Growing up, I have a South Asian dad and only really learned about my culture through him. I never really saw how beautiful and colourful our culture was in the films and TV shows I watched as a child. Figures show that there are roughly double the number of South Asians in the UK today than there were in 2001 yet we are the least represented in global and British media of any major group, according to Ofcom’s 2018 report on diversity in primetime programming.

Although we still have a long journey to go, it warms my heart that women with South Asian heritage are finally starting to get the representation that we have needed all this time.

The amazing actress Simone Ashley, whose parents are from Tamil Nadu in India, not only provides entertainment but also the hope that representation of the South Asian community is finally taken ahead. Upon watching this series with my friend, I remember thinking that I had never seen Asian women have white maids. This proves to me that this representation is not just limited to being included, but gives us those powerful positions. We are not limited to the inferior positions, as so often happens in western portrayals of POC.

South Asian representation has the potential to be enriching and powerful when we aren’t treated as a monolith, and individuals are valued for who they are.