Almost half a century after the death of Jim Crow laws segregating African Americans, racism seems to be subdued publicly. The subject of racial discrimination has become more sensitive; any event that hint at racial inequality generally receive public condemn. There are rarely any requirement for government intervention or law modification to correct racism and relieve public tension. From the years of 2000 to 2017, there has not been a single legal case regarding Civil Rights according to the Library of Congress.
There’s a myth about Asian Americans, that generalizes us into one group. People create false images of us through stereotypes. These stereotypes have been manifested in books, movies, and literature, but they have repercussions for Asian Americans in society. We are often treated as foreigners, people leading us to believe that we don’t belong in American society, and that we have no purpose being here. Stereotypes are natural things that people will talk about.
Everyday I walk into my English class is the moment I experience an identity crisis. As I approach the entrance to the class, I already detected the dichotomy in the room. On the right side lies the Caucasian students, and on the left, resides the International Chinese students. As the only Asian American in the class, I struggle to select the correct side. Being an Asian American can be conflicting sometimes; especially when you 're born in a predominately Caucasian town, but raised in a stereotypical Asian family.
1. It is a common misconception that racism is a dichotomized “Black and White” issue, which overshadows the racially discriminatory experiences of Asian Americans since its start of the immigration history in the nineteenth century. Asian immigrants were attracted to the U.S. by the opportunities for employment and escape from challenging economical and political conditions in their homelands; however, they have faced discriminatory laws, in addition to experiencing various forms of overt and covert, and intentional and unintentional racism. 2. Daily experiencing of racism and racial discrimination may not be exclusive to Asian Americans; rather, it may be a pervasive phenomenon with which any racial minority groups confront.
Many Top Charts movies have spectacular main actors. Although these actors are very talented, were any of the main actors Asian-Americans? There has been a controversy whether or not Asian-Americans are in enough movies or TV shows. In the 2015-2016 season, only 3%-4% of Asian characters made it. Of the Top 100 films of 2015, 49 had no Asian characters and 0 had leading roles that went to Asians (Levin).
Tan Block? A Look at Colorism The message of the Tan Block political cartoon addresses the racial hierarchy of white or "white passing" people in the United States. White Americans have been viewed as the ideal race since they forcefully took land from the Native Americans and harbored African Slaves in the 1600s. Since then pale skin has been considered a desirable trait for the majority of cultures.
Orientalism refers to a social group who is seen as uncivilized, backward, and outcast people by the dominant culture. In Jenn Fang's discussion, she explains the definition of orientalism and on how today’s society still tends to share orientalist views towards the Asian American people. For instance, the American society views the Asian American people’s fashion as edgy or cool because they dress differently and show no interest in conforming to societies norms. However, this is an orientalist view already since their fashion isn’t a mark of not wanting to conform to societies norms but how their culture dresses. Many Asian American artists have challenged the orientalist assumptions through the use of art.
Films and media have been a source of entertainment since the 1800s. Everyone has some exposure of media through news and entertainment, and we see how people perceive others around us. Some concepts, a most prominent one, coined “whitewashing”, is heavily in films and develops heavy prejudice towards other races aside from the more dominant white population. Whitewashing began during the early development of films across the United States, the castings of white actors and actresses gaining controversy and were heavily criticized. Whitewashing was considered offensive to others, because of the amount of it that was done during those times.
Stereotypes and Misrepresentation of Native Americans in Film Movies have become an ingrained part of American society. Ever since the first motion picture cameras were made in 1890, the film industry has had a steady growth in overall popularity. Stereotypes have a variety of effects on people and have been around long before movies. Misrepresentation in films has been around for the last 50 years for Native Americans, but the effect has been much more impactful.
Nowadays, movie or film is one of the most programs that is welcome almost every country. People usually watch movies with their families after a hard working day. Of course, Hollywood is a big film industry that is very famous in the United States and all around the world. They gather all meaningful stories from different countries such as China and Japan, and they use those stories to make movies to visualize what happens in the story. Some of the movies from Hollywood have trouble with the audience when those movies have to do with tradition and culture of Asian countries.
Diversity in Hollywood includes more than race and more than acting. There is little diversity not only in front of the camera but behind the scenes too. Likely hood of seeing a nonwhite cast or set of directors is low since the industry is own by Caucasians. Hollywood cast their movies base on their liking. Which they would cast an all Caucasian cast instead of being diverse.