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     Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 16, 2020
     Category: Education | Stereotypes and Cliches | Television | Foreign Customs | 1980s

Anyone else reminded of "Welcome Back, Mr. Kotter"?
Posted by KDP on 06/16/20 at 11:21 AM
A US remake of "Mind Your Language". This is one of the rare instances of the US remake being significantly better. It's not nearly as racist, and Don Knots and Yakov Smirnoff are more talented than any of the people that were on the original.
Posted by Sananab on 06/19/20 at 09:22 AM
I found a youtube clip of a Indian remake:

There's also a Japanese remake (or maybe coincidentally similar show) called "The Japanese the Japanese don't Know".

It seems to be more about Japan at first, and a lot of quirky idioms most people say without thinking about, but which seem odd to foreigners, and the plot is about the difficulty of teaching. Then it takes a pretty dark turn at the end when the teacher makes the black guy wash dishes. I know know Japanese, but my translation of the Chinese subtitles:

Student: "I don't want to."
Teacher: "Aren't there some people who say that foreigners refuse to do this work!?"
*he begrudgingly starts washing*
Teacher: "Hey puts some effort into it!!!"
Then he's amazed because he's apparently never cleaned a dish before, and the entire class starts cleaning dishes too, in awe of this previously unknown practice.

They seem to be playing it up for laughs, and it seems pretty mean spirited. Still not as bad as the UK original, though.
Posted by Sananab on 06/19/20 at 09:50 AM
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