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Old July 22 2009, 04:08 AM   #1
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HEY! I just realized! If Khan was from India...

Then why did his skin colour change between Space Seed & WOK? Simple lack of sun exposure would not account for it, eh?
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Old July 22 2009, 04:15 AM   #2
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Re: HEY! I just realized! If Khan was from India...

Better question: if Khan was a Sikh, where's his beard?

(I know, I know Greg Cox provided an answer in his Khan Trilogy.)
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Old July 22 2009, 04:20 AM   #3
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Re: HEY! I just realized! If Khan was from India...

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Better question
Even better question: does your avi mean that you are one of those young "Supermen?"
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Old July 22 2009, 05:04 AM   #4
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Re: HEY! I just realized! If Khan was from India...

Even better better better question: Why was an Indian Sikh played by a Mexican? I mean, come on!
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Old July 22 2009, 06:57 AM   #5
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Re: HEY! I just realized! If Khan was from India...

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Even better better better question: Why was an Indian Sikh played by a Mexican? I mean, come on!
Thats the easy one. There weren't any indian sikh's working for hollywood at the time. Plus throw in a foreign accent and half the US population at the time it aired wouldn't know the difference.
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Old July 22 2009, 11:54 AM   #6
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Re: HEY! I just realized! If Khan was from India...

if Khan was a Sikh, why has got a Muslim first name?
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Old July 22 2009, 12:58 PM   #7
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Re: HEY! I just realized! If Khan was from India...

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if Khan was a Sikh, why has got a Muslim first name?
What Muslim first name would that be?

I wasn't even aware he had any names other than "Khan", "Noonien" and "Singh", neither of which is normally a Muslim first name.
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Old July 22 2009, 01:13 PM   #8
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Re: HEY! I just realized! If Khan was from India...

Spending twenty years wrapped in tatters, living in a tin box surrounded by never ending sand storms can take it's toll on a person. Plus his hero is Moby Dick.
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Old July 22 2009, 06:29 PM   #9
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Re: HEY! I just realized! If Khan was from India...

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if Khan was a Sikh, why has got a Muslim first name?
What Muslim first name would that be?

I wasn't even aware he had any names other than "Khan", "Noonien" and "Singh", neither of which is Muslim, or even normally a first name.
Religion has withered away by that time, so his parents didn't know or care about the origins of what they named their kid, anymore than people nowadays worry whether they are giving their kid an Old Testament or New Testament name (that used to matter a whole lot).

As for Khan's appearance, we know his ancestry is partially Sikh, but his grandmother could be Irish for all we know. People nowadays migrate all over the place, I'm sure by Khan's time his ancestry could be anything.

As for his accent, he was raised by a Mariachi band in Karachi.
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Old July 22 2009, 06:31 PM   #10
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Re: HEY! I just realized! If Khan was from India...

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Even better better better question: Why was an Indian Sikh played by a Mexican? I mean, come on!
Thats the easy one. There weren't any indian sikh's working for hollywood at the time. Plus throw in a foreign accent and half the US population at the time it aired wouldn't know the difference.
They still wouldn't unless it's over the top stereotypical like "Kumar."
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Old July 22 2009, 06:43 PM   #11
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Re: HEY! I just realized! If Khan was from India...

There was a discussion on the etymology of Khan's name not too long ago here:

http://trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=78167

Some pretty cool stuff there - like the occasional switch between "Khan" and "Kahn", "Noonian" and "Noonien", etc.
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Old July 22 2009, 07:22 PM   #12
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Re: HEY! I just realized! If Khan was from India...

middyseafort wrote: View Post
Better question: if Khan was a Sikh, where's his beard?

(I know, I know Greg Cox provided an answer in his Khan Trilogy.)

Still on my list of some of the best TrekLit I've ever had the pleasure to read.
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Old July 22 2009, 07:42 PM   #13
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Re: HEY! I just realized! If Khan was from India...

Actually Khan would have been born in OUR time period, so 'futuristic' rules for naming do not apply.
Truth is that Ricardo Montalban was in his day one of the few real Mexican actors to achieve widespread work.. and recognition... as an actor.
It is too bad he played Robau, because if anyone could play a convincing Khan today... it would be Faran Tahir. Tahir is of similar ancestry as Khan, too.
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Old July 22 2009, 08:35 PM   #14
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Re: HEY! I just realized! If Khan was from India...

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It is too bad he played Robau, because if anyone could play a convincing Khan today... it would be Faran Tahir. Tahir is of similar ancestry as Khan, too.

OMG! That would be EPIC~!
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Old July 22 2009, 09:00 PM   #15
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Agreed!
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