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Why, then, do all four of these South Asian men stick to only writing about white women?
Many of my south Asian friends date non-south Asian people. To hear many of my brown girlfriends tell it, dating a south Asian man comes with cultural baggage—like being tied to a patriarchal set of rules that keeps you firmly mired in specific, oppressive gender roles.
They are charming, funny, ridiculous, and charismatic, but they, too, do not appear again.
Instead, Ansari dedicates five episodes to a visiting white woman whose main feature is her Italianness.
What I mean by sacrificing is women of color are often introduced just to disappear.
They are ground up into the burger that is the storyline, while the pursuit of the white woman bookends the whole project.