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He asked me to interview him, but listed a few conditions: (1) I would attend the premiere of a Hollywood film with him; and (2) be open to a romantic relationship with him. This time my patience was vexed and I turned him down. Nikhil and I interacted on a frequent basis via e-mail and telephone. He also took center stage at club meetings and because he later agreed to be included in the study, I had sufficient data on him. While I missed the opportunity to interview Nikhil, my stance sent a message to other study participants—I was serious scholar who would not be harassed and manipulated.
The other thing revolves around the language and accent. People often say to Indians, “I can’t understand you or I don’t want you to do the presentation. ” It would never happen on my team—I wouldn’t let it. But I know of cases where it has happened. Constructing a Culture of Success 49 Despite being analytically and quantitatively competent, the stereotype of having a heavy and unpopular accent has real consequences for Asian Indians. For example, one consequence is that Asian Indians are perceived to lack dimensionality in the workplace and are relegated to technical tasks.
20 Most male members, like Gary, regarded them as someone’s wife, sibling, or daughter, and not competition: Off and on we get women, but for the most part it is men. Indian women…the girls…the different ethnic backgrounds from back in Indian…number one, I don’t think based on the 20 Lee’s (2002: 219-226) experience is similar. As she collected data for her study on merchant-customer relations in New York and Philadelphia, study participants viewed her according to the gender roles of either a daughter or a sex object.