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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"Arab Labor", an Israeli hit TV sitcom on PBS resonates The Beijing Family


I watched "Arab Labor", an Israeli hit TV sitcom on PBS with English subtitles. It focuses on the family and work situations of Amjad, an Arab-Israeli journalist. Much of the comedy derives from the paradox of Amjad's love-hate relationship with his Arab identity and his simultaneous wish to integrate comfortably into Israeli society. It pokes fun at the cultural divide, Kashua's characters play on religious, cultural and political differences to depict the mixed society prevalent in Jerusalem.  It kind of resonated with my book series - The Beijing Family, focusing on the family and work situations of Simon Wang, a Chinese billionaire and his family living in Beverly Hills filled with comedic cultural and life adjustments.