Inside a 'Model Minority': the Complicated Identity of South Asians

This was not the standard Friday-night crowd at the Angelika Film Center in downtown Manhattan. Usually, the Angelika is peppered with young East Village types, serious viewers eager to devour the latest Polish or French film. But this night, Pakistani families and Indian couples on dates complemented the dozens of curious non-South Asians. They filled the theater to see the highly lauded British film East Is East.

East Is East tells the story of a British