Ethnic performance, language proficiency, and ethnic media use among Indian American immigrants Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2017 National Communication Association. This study focuses on how and why Indian American immigrants engage with movies from their home country in a transnational global context. Existing literature has focused on lack of host language proficiency as the primary reason for ethnic media consumption. We suggest that for Indian Americans, the motivation for consuming Indian films is driven by ethnic performance rather than language proficiency. A survey was conducted with Indian Americans to explore the relationships among Indian movie consumption, acculturation indices, language proficiency, and ethnic performance. Results show that ethnic performance is a stronger predictor of Indian movie consumption than language proficiency and acculturation indices.

altmetric score

  • 4.55

author list (cited authors)

  • Ramasubramanian, S., & Doshi, M. J.

citation count

  • 4

publication date

  • January 2017