If you spotted a desi in America in…
…the 1960s: Well, you probably did not spot all that many but did some jumping around with a few “yahoos” thrown in if you did.
…the 1970s: You became their best friend and quite possibly moved in with them for at least a few months.
…the 1980s: “Mom. Dad. Look another Indian/Desi person.” Followed by a big smile.
…the 1990s: (more discreetly) “Mom. Dad. Look another Indian/Desi person.” Followed by an attempt to hide a smile.
…the 2000s: Dude, there is a desi person on that television show! No way! We have to watch.
…this decade: Dude, there is yet another desi person on television (yawn)…but without an “obviously desi” name:
Principal Figgins of Glee
Jai Wilcox of Covert Affairs (whose father apparently led the National Clandestine Service. Right. Must be adopted).
Jonathan of 30 Rock
Additional examples? Future predictions?