May 10, 2007

Little Mosque on the Prairie.

Check this out, folks. A show from Canada (can you imagine something like this in the U.S.?). It's not perfect, but it's a sit-com, and I'd rather laugh with these folks than Seinfeld or the Friends any day. First season comprised of 8 episodes, and all are available on YouTube. One thing of note: there's a group called Hire Immigrants that has interesting ads during a couple of the shows (I think the first episode and somewhere later on). The theme is "if Canada is a land of opportunity, why is an MBA/MS... etc, etc." It's a different kind of ad, still more than we have here (can you imagine how many different ads we can do, just with NY cab drivers?), but it raises other issues. I mean, the whole "good immigrant"/"bad immigrant" dynamic between folks with specialized skills and laborers: do we really want to reinforce the economic caste system that already exists in the communities (or can we find ways to disrupt it so that our own communities are not abusing co-ethnics who are just looking for a way to survive).

Anyway, check this out, send them a note of support, and let's see what the next season has to bring.

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