Tomorrow is Canada Day, kicking off the long weekend in Canada. Which is why I saved my favourite article of the week for today’s open. It’s Vulture’s interview with Dr Shoukath Ansari, who could receive an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in his son Aziz Ansari’s Master Of None.
One of the reasons Aziz’s show has resonated with so many people is because of the spotlight he put on the immigrant story. My parents are immigrants. They left Hong Kong with dreams. Dreams for themselves sure but, mostly, dreams for me. Whoever I would be. But that’s the point. The options for who and what I could be were so much more here in Canada. And that’s likely what Dr Ansari and his wife, Fatima, hoped for their children.
For an immigrant parent though, it’s not just the move and the transition from the home country to the new one. It’s also what you sacrifice in being able to relate to the children for whom you’ve made the sacrifices. My parents had no background with the cultural experiences that a child growing up in North America might encounter. Fortunately for us, what was frustrating in youth has become pure comedy in adulthood – exactly what Shoukath and Aziz Ansari are mining on the show. This entire interview is delightful but the part where I just completely lost it was when Shoukath tells Aziz, “You cannot read”. There’s your classic immigrant parent realness. Click here to enjoy it.
Happy Canada Day!
In celebration of Canada’s birthday, we will not be blogging tomorrow. Back to regular blog schedule on Monday. And to those of you in America, Happy Independence Day!
Have a great weekend!
Yours in gossip,