According to the U.S. Census, 5.6% of the United States’ population is Asian. There are millions of Asian Americans who reside here, they exist. So why does Hollywood and other forms of media pretend like they do not? Unfortunately, when Hollywood does acknowledge their existence, Asian Americans are limited to typecasted roles such as a nerd, a taxi driver, or a kung fu master. Not only are these roles offensive, they also inaccurately represent an entire ethnic group.
United States is the multiethnic country with many people from different countries come to live together. They work and share their life with each other. They share a lot of things that including entertainment, so American movies and films also have many effects on people in the world. It is not only American actors can play a good character in their movie, but other Asian actors also can do, too. However, American writers and directors still have a stereotype to Asian actors.
According to Ottaviano and Peri it is a broad concept that has captivated the interest of both economists and social scientist (2006). In order to understand cultural diversity one has to first understand culture and diversity. Culture is described by Lequerica and Krch as a learned system, of attitudes, values and beliefs shared by a group of people which can include race, religion, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability status and age (2014). Whereas Ely and Thomas describes diversity as a trait of groups of two or more people and normally refers to demographic differences of one sort or the other among group members (2001). The focus of this paper will be the social and economic benefits of cultural diversity in the society today as a result of immigration.
By watching this documentary, I depicted the following views. First, Jews, as new immigrants wanted to be fully integrated and assimilated and they did through their own movies by presenting to American people their own perception of American values and virtues. They portrayed American culture by creating dreams whilst they wanted to assimilate, integrate, and acceptance into the American mainstreams culture. Second, while it appeared that Jews immigrants had a particular sense of what a movie-goer liked to watch, they created their own movie productions to please the American popular culture. Overall, my response to this documentary movie is that the interest and involvement of Jews in the Hollywood movie industry is a complex topic that brings a lot of conflicting
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.
Of the Top 100 films of 2015, 49 had no Asian characters and 0 had leading roles that went to Asians (Levin). Asian’s are discriminated in entertainment industries by rarely becoming the main roles, are whitewashed, and play similar types of characters in movies/TV shows. Asian-Americans can be discriminated in entertainment industries because they rarely become the main roles on movies or TV series. They have many chanced to audition to become the main roles, but some things happen making them become more of a lead role or lower. Sam Levin, a reporter for the Guardian US in San Francisco, implies that, “Okatsuka said she had also lost lead Asian roles to mixed-race women who looked much more white.
Introduction Hollywood is known as the famous film industry that produces several films and TV shows but overall media. Media has been around for years and is there for us humans as a form of entertainment. It’s a platform for talented actors and actresses in which they can do what they love as a job. The actors and actresses that perform for us have quite a big impact. They affect the way we feel during a certain scene and make the film more believable for the audience.
American society combines a lot of cultural groups, religions, and races. Each of those exists according to its original standard. Hence, tacit understanding is difficult among them, and clear expression is preferable. Therefore, American film tends to deploy direct and explanatory description in order to be accepted by a wide range of people. In contrast, Japanese society consists of only one cultural group.
As mentioned within the lecture notes, I agree that it’s important we expand our minds on what diversity means. For instance, age is something in America that is diverse. The data Spector displays from the 2010 Census showed that over 35% of people 18-44 are part of the working population (pg. 46). I believe this shows an ever-changing culture as I’m sure these statistics were different 15-20 years ago.
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. The choice of Hollywood directors and writers to represent ethnic characters with stereotypes misrepresents the authenticity of their actual cultures.