Watch the Asian representation in Hollywood history.
In recent years there has been a terrible wave of violence against Asian Americans that needs to stop. While much of the blame can be placed on recent political figures and harmful sayings in news, defamatory stereotypes among the Asian population go way back.
They are so ubiquitous that they have become the movie tropes we’ve seen over the decades.
Nancy Wang Yuen, Associate Professor of Sociology at Biola University, spoke to Vice about the long history of how Asian women are represented in Western media.
Check out the video from VICE news below.
I found that to be incredibly informative, but also detrimental in the way Hollywood has portrayed Asian people. There are certainly convulsive moments in Hollywood history. Madame butterfly and Breakfast at Tiffany’s are particularly painful to look at now.
We want to think things are getting better, but are they?
There is an urgent need not only for the presentation on the screen, but also behind the camera. So many different perspectives could be improved if we only had the right people to help tell the stories.
What we’ve seen over the past year is the danger of not being inclusive. We have seen hatred and violence fueled by stereotypes and deaf-mute depictions, thanks to countless years.
But things can get better if we force things to change.
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