In Living Color: Race And American Culture

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Ethnicity and Hollywood Racism is always issues which take a huge part of American history. Until the twenty-first century, although people tried to make the country becomes the freedom and equality nation, these issues are still happening everywhere. According to "In Living Color: Race and American Culture," Stuart Hall argues that racism is still widespread in the society and "it is widely invisible even to those who formulate the world in its terms" (qtd. in Omi 683). Indeed, situations about race quietly exist in the movie industry, which "has led to the perpetuation of racial caricatures" to the majority audiences and even minority audiences (Omi 629). Like the media, Hollywood has a significant impact on viewers to perceive life and to …show more content…

While many Asian, Hispanic, and Black people tried hard to make their dream of acting become true, racial stereotypes always are the barriers that inhibit their future in the movie industry. Thus, directors are the only ones who can make that change. Some directors said that they just do their job which follows the audience interest. However, according to the documentary film "Yellow Face”, producers did a survey on a lot of American audiences about casting Asian actors to the movie that based on other cultures. The majority prefers using Asian cast because they can perform the original culture realistically. Consequently, people would think about the next generation and believe in equality for every races and skin colors. In Hollywood, movie directors and writers should remove stereotypes, ensure justify for the minority, and teach the younger about equality.
 Last but not least, the director hurt minority audiences because of the movie they make. Economically, using racial stereotypes in the film helps increase the views and profit. However, it hurts the minority audiences. After the long racist history in the US, some minority, especially the youth …show more content…

However, using stereotypes in movies is common in the film industry. In "Where the fierce Asians at?", David Yi mentioned how a comedian's jobs which "illicit laughter”, even using stereotypes to make the humor sense (Yi 1). However, while audiences happy by jokes on the screen, "dozens of Asian-Americans sitting in public, misty-eyed” (Yi 2). Back to the year 1994, the sitcom "All-American Girl" finally has an Asian female character played by an Asian cast. It attracts a lot of audiences who curious about the American-Asian lifestyle. However, it is a comedy that the primary purpose is entertaining viewers. The directors exploited stereotypes of East Asian to portray Asians characters and make the humor scenes. Different to the Korean women's culture, the Cho character was described "to be flawed, sassy, normal,

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