Immigrants Of The Week: Tina Brown, Sergio Mendes, Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement, Arnold Schwarzenegger, And Amartya Sen
by Greg Siskind
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Funny, I had Tina Brown on my list for future profiles and there
she is on this evening's The Colbert
Report. Brown is a British native who acquired
Brown is actually on the talk show circuit these days touting her new book The Diana Chronicles about her friend Diana, the Princess of Wales.
Sergio Mendes, the famed Brazilian-born musician, may not be the newest kid on the block (he's 66), but he's certainly hot right now. His latest CD Timeless has guest artists like Justin Timberlake and the Black-eyed Peas. You may have seen the CD if you've been to Starbucks lately.
OK, I'm breaking my short-lived conventions for this regular post. First, I'm including two individuals today instead of the usual one because these two fellows really come as a pair. You've probably never heard of these guys, but they star in what I think is one of the funniest new American television shows in a while. Second, I'm not trying to go high brow here as I usually do. No Nobel Prizes or Academy Awards here. Just two New Zeland immigrants that give us a lot of laughs.
Bret and Jemaine play fictionalized versions of themselves in the HBO show Flight of the Conchords. In each episode, the two break out into song and the lyrics are pretty memorable - maybe even classic in their hilarity. The songs are surprisingly well done given that they do at least two new songs in each episode.
By the way, one of the episodes had a funny immigration theme.
Throughout the episode, the two face random acts of discrimination on account
At a sidewalk fruit stand Bret and Jemaine are refused service. The vendor expresses disgust for New Zealanders and wants to disinfect any fruit they touch. The boys leave empty handed.
They visit the consulate for a band meeting where Bret is
clearly upset about the incident. There they meet the pretty blonde tech
support lady that is updating the consulate's aging Commodore 64 computers with
newer P.C.s. After she leaves,
At home the pair discuss the incident
while they watch some of the recorded shows on
Bret and Jemaine go to see Dave to ask
him about the racism they experienced. Dave tells them that there is a lot of
"prejudism" against the English in
The Governator is probably the most
famous immigrant in
Oh yeah, did I mention
Amartya Sen, a native of
Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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