ASAM 100 has been one of the most insightful classes I have taken in college—so far! Through this class, I was able to learn a great deal about my culture and about myself as a person. In retrospect to my first “Why ASAM?” essay, I still believe that it is important for everybody to learn about their culture sometime throughout their life. I was able to learn about various topics such as: the issues of my culture, the traditions of my culture, how others view individuals of my culture, and more. Throughout this class, I learned about the Model Minority Myth and its effect on individuals of Asian background, I learned about issues that other Asian Americans faced through the video, Asian American Voices, and I learned to grow as a writer.
There are people all over the world who have come to America to seek a greater life. With America having the largest immigrant population compared to other countries, there are always people migrating into the country. People all over the world may be coming here to pursue their own dreams or to escape persecution. The immigrant population has increased so much, that about one-third of U.S. population are now people of color. But with the immigrant population at such a high percentage compared to previous years, there is still a lack of recognition. There is a lack of representation in everything from politics to film. From classic Hollywood films to movies being produced now, there is lack of color. If someone of color were to be casted, they would only play as a character that are based off stereotypes. There are a films that try to move away from stereotypes, but in Hollywood films they usually tend not to. In Chan is Missing, the actors
Linsanity is a documentary film directed by Evan Jackson Leong that tackles numerous topics such as discrimination, stereotypes, racism, and being overlooked. The documentary is about Jeremy Lin, an Asian American basketball player who rose to fame in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The story follows the life of Lin from his childhood to his success in the New York Knicks in the NBA. The film shows how Lin achieved success despite of the racism and discrimination that he received while playing in his college and in the NBA. The director’s intention does not only inform the viewers about Jeremy Lin’s life, but it also offers viewers a new image of Asian Americans in basketball. Furthermore, the film also challenges the long standing
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
Asian Americans include persons that come to the United States from a variety of countries in Asia and the Indian subcontinent (McNamara & Burns, 2009). Although the do share similar physical features, each subgroup has its own history, customs, and culture (McNamara & Burns, 2009). There are many different perceptions of Asian Americans in general. One is that they have overcome barriers and discrimination to be successful and achieve the ‘American Dream’ (McNamara & Burns, 2009). One reason for this I believe is that the majority of Asian Americans come to the United States with a dream and a goal to be successful. Unlike other minority groups discusses by McNamara and Burns (2009) most Asian Americans chose to come to the United States. They were not brought here as slave as were African Americans, nor were they already
According to the clips, in what ways do media representations of ethnic and racial minorities rely on stereotypes? Discuss a film or TV show that shows a negative stereotypical representation of a racial minority and than do the same for a positive example. In what ways does this representation challenge racial stereotypes?
Television has always played on stereotypes. It’s not until recently with the up and up of social justice in social media that has brought out these stereotypes to light. Things should not always be taken at face value. When I sit down and watch TV or a film, I used to just do it for the escapism aspect of it. The ritual of mindlessly watching Bad Girls Club or Keeping Up with the Kardashians is long gone. What you see on television is being fed to you in a formulaic manner. Sitcoms, dramas, and reality television alike all seem to have a sort of cookie-cutter way of producing their shows. I’ve learned that many shows draw up many stereotypes in their productions whether they mean to or not. Portrayals of racial stereotypes are prominent throughout
The Breakfast Club portrays the personalities of 5 different stereotypes. John Bender, the criminal; Claire Standish, the princess; Andrew Clark, the athlete; Brian Johnson, the brain and Allison Reynolds, the basket case. Throughout the movie, it is illustrates how this kids who think that they do not have anything in common, actually shared mutual problems that unify them. For example, Claire the girl who never needed something, was utilized by her parents are a weapon against each other, as well as, Allison was ignored by her parents.
Asian Americans are subjected to fictitious stereotypes on a daily occurrence that American people believe are accurate. For instance, Mary Im’s work titled “To the Lady that Thinks She Knows” discusses how the American public believes that they know about the history of an ethic group based on what they observe through various media sources. They blatantly conjure up that all Asian people have the same background history and ignore an individual’s personal history when making statements about them. For example, In Mary Im’s piece, she states “You’ve never grown up with Cambodian traditions and seen other “Americans” go to dances. You’ve never moped at home on a Friday night and wished you could go to the movies with your “American” friends. You’ve never tried to translate to both “Americans” and “Khmers” because you’ve never experienced people mimic you.” (Im, “To the Lady that Thinks She Knows”). Mary Im is criticizing Americans for their assumptions about an individual’s culture without having experienced it. Im goes on to utter how Americans never experienced having to translate between native and foreign language because somebody mimicked them. Mary Im also states “You’ve never seen your grandma sit behind a sewing machine and work her ass off to pay for shelter, food, clothing, and luxury things for her grandkids on the other side of the world, living with strangers.” (Im, “To the Lady that Thinks She Knows). Mary Im is pointing out how the general public thinks
The movie “Do The Right Thing” by Spike Lee, illustrates the issues with discrimination with a mix community. Major problems rise when stereotypical views, racism, and conflicts flare between the varied ethnic groups. A difference of opinion and views caused the issues to erupt.
I decided to switch my artifact for the research paper from John Erick Dowdle’s No Escape (2015) to Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979) because I think this film is more suitable for what I want to research, which is how and why the media actively shapes Americans’ perception of historical events. I am also especially interested in the role Orientalism plays in this process. Unlike No Escape, Apocalypse Now has a lot more historical significance because it came out a few years after the Vietnam War (1955-1975) and is considered one of the most famous films about the Vietnam War. In addition to that, there is more room for debate about the significance of the film and its portrayal of Southeastern Asians. While exploring this topic, I intend to consult Edward Said’s Orientalism, debates about “otherness,” scholarly interpretations of Apocalypse Now, historical evidence about Americans’ attitudes toward the Vietnam War, and biographical information about Francis Ford Coppola.
Racial stereotypes in films has occurred among people of color through characters, especially black. This has made challenges in opportunities, leading to a prevalence of stereotypes and lack of diversity on-screen, and they have also come a long way with many perspectives in the movie industry. The motion industry have had long history and criticism for its racially casting options since it has a significant role in a mass dissemination across the globe to audiences in every generation and have affected people’s belief systems. However, since a development in technologies and people’s perception, several modern filmmakers have already started to change the old stereotypes to be diverse and more positive. Furthermore,x black actors
“By 1960, 90 percent of U.S. homes owned one” (Phruksachart, 100). The statistic this quote is referring to this the rise of televisions in America. Recently, television has taken steps in an effort to include more diversity in their shows an example of this is seen in ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat. Following the life of Eddie Huang, a middle schooler who has just moved from Chinatown in DC to a predominantly white neighborhood in Florida, Fresh Off the Boat is a sitcom that that showcases some struggles immigrant families face. The show brings the question, are these inclusive shows being handled correctly? By portraying a Chinese immigrant family that addresses specific immigrant issues while still connecting with mass America, Fresh Off the
Hollywood is the home of flashing cameras, the famous red carpet, and glamorous celebrities. Hollywood is also the birthplace of extraordinary films which reach audiences across the world. The casting choices made by the film industry affects more than just the movie that is created. Hollywood directors and writers should have the social responsibility to avoid stereotyping ethnic characters because the stereotypes offer poor (and often inaccurate) insight into the culture, negatively impacts child viewers, and limits the amount of quality roles for actors/actresses with diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Have you ever wondered why most American movies portray people with color or origin as terrorists, maids, or just secondary characters? Have you ever thought of why specific ethnicities and races are represented most of the time as inferiorities? The representation of race, gender, and ethnicity in the media is accompanied by a stuff stereotype, and this is leads to the negativity and discrimination in our society today.