Aziz Ansari's Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Master of None might just be a nomination to some, but for members of the South Asian community and proponents of representation in TV, it's a win. While some South Asian actors have earned Emmy nominations, none have earned them for leading roles on TV.
In the past, Ansari-- the son of two Sri Lankan immigrants (who appeared on Master of None) - has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
Master of None has done what many shows haven't been able to do, which is champion people of color-- especially Desi-Americans and immigrants-- showcasing a broad range of talent.
Lauded for its diverse representation, the show passes what a critic coined as "The Duvernay Test": "...in which African-Americans and other minorities have fully realized lives rather than serve as scenery in white stories." This test, reminiscent of "The Bechdel Test," can also extend to Ansari's multi-dimensional Asian characters, too.