The Importance Of Diversity In The Film Industry

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Approximately 28.3 percent of people in the film industry was part of a multi-ethnic group, which is out of proportion compared to the United States population statistics on multi-ethnic groups known to be at 37.9 percent (Smith 7). When referring to diversity in this context, it is defined as the inclusion of different types of people such as different races or cultures in a group or organization (Merriam-Webster). However, with diversity being introduced through films in countries such as Europe, Asia, and Canada it can be seen as too much diversity which leads to problems of translating into the international market (Roxborough 2). With this raises the question, is there enough diversity in the film industry? To emphasize the question being presented, Amanda Hess wrote The New York Times article “Asian American Actors Are Fighting for Visibility. They Will Not Be Ignored.” The New York Times has been around for more than a hundred years and is currently known to be an established media outlet, having both national and global editions, with over a hundred Pulitzer prizes. With these credentials, it increases the reliability and credibility of the source. Even though The New York Times has a vested interest in keeping their recognized reputation, this, however, enforces their neutrality on articles being published. Hess is a David Carr Fellow writer, which is a sponsorship of bringing outside journalists to work at New York Times (The New York Times) and has won four

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