There’s an episode of King of the Hill where Hank Hill’s wife, Peggy, first meets her new neighbor, an Asian man named Khan. Peggy asks Khan if he is Chinese or Japanese. Khan repeatedly explains that he is from Laos. Peggy keeps responding by asking him if that means he’s Chinese or Japanese.
Those are the only two frames that Peggy could place an Asian person into. Creating a new frame is hard … so she keeps trying to cram Khan into one she already knows. Even if it doesn’t fit.
I could go on about Khan. He turned out to be one of my favorite series characters ever. I still catch myself humming his Karoake version of the Beverly Hills Cop theme. (“BEV, BEV, BEVERLY HILLS COP!”) (Here he is on Youtube.)
But the point here is Peggy.
When it comes to disruption, we have a lot of Peggys.
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