If Asian Americans, who have big spending power, don’t create their own market, then images of Asians in Western media will forever cater to stereotypes and things that nonWhites like (demeaning images/jokes of Asian males, exotification of Asian females as sex objects)…
“The best advice I ever got was from a Jewish American agent, and he said, “Look Sung, I don’t care what color you are. If you can make me money, you could be blue. It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to speak one word of English. If you can make money for us, you’re going to be put into movies.” And a lot of people point fingers at the actors and say how could you take this role, but Asian Americans need to step back and take a look at themselves. Besides the educated filmgoer, the general public doesn’t care about Asian Americans. They’re not going to go out to buy a ticket because there are Asian American actors or an Asian American director.
Paramount showed us this chart: Caucasians, African Americans, Hispanics. And we asked them, where’s the yellow part? And they said there is none, because Asians consume like Caucasians. You guys buy, you dress, you read and you’re educated like white people. There’s no demand for it. When Better Luck Tomorrow was released, less than 5% of the ticket sales were from Asian Americans. ”
How come in Hollywood flicks we see mostly see Black-Black couples, or Latin-Latin couples, but Asian women are always paired with a White guy? It seems like most TV shows and movies in the past ten years exclusively pair an Asian girl with a White (or Black) guy romatically. Asian men are being completely suppressed and excluded in television and film.
It blows my mind that no Asian actresses are willing to object to the scripts, or fight against these negative stereotypes. They don’t understand the power of TV/film to mold the way people think.
These shows affect kids. Teens, especially girls, judge themselves on others’ opinions, and are easily influenced. Young, insecure Asian girls are conditioned through social norms/media to ‘act White’ and want only White men (self hate), and young Asian American boys growing up in the US are conditioned to think they are unattractive. Some Asian youth resolve identity conflict by developing self-hate and bashing their heritage, family, and people (ex ‘I won’t date Asians’, or criticizing other Asians).
Whether it be fashion magazines, gossip mags, TV, movies, or our friends, all of us are influenced and emulate in some way what we see on screen. Entertainment can be as influential as advertising. So many shows and movies in America demean Asian men, while perpetuating an ‘Asian Girl Fetish’ in this country. It is Hollywood Colonialism.
“Your physical and sexual attraction is socially constructed,” says Elaine Kim, Ph.D., professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, “and it’s hard to escape from that.” If you’re Asian, the way you see yourself and the way you think about beauty, according to Kim, is very different if you went to high school in Monterey Park (a community in Los Angeles County with a large Asian population), where the kids voted most popular, the most beautiful were Asian, versus going to a high school where everyone is blonde-haired and blue-eyed.
Karen, a 32-year-old Korean American who has dated mostly white men, readily admits she’s been affected by her environment. Growing up in a predominantly white town in Southern California, the only Asian males in her life were either related to her (father, brothers, cousins) or were the men at church. “I didn’t see Asian guys in a sexual way when I was growing up,” she says. It didn’t help that the only images she saw of Asian males in the media were of cringe-inducing geeks like Long Duck Dong in the teen flick, Sixteen Candles, or the strangely asexual and decidedly unattractive David Carradine character in the television series, Kung Fu.
“I just don’t find Asian guys attractive,” Karen says. “They’re usually short and slight and don’t seem confident.”
-Why are White models and actors frequently used for ads in Asia?
-Why do so many Asian women get eye enlarging surgery, dye their hair blonde, and wear blue contacts?
-How come some Asian youth are ‘not attracted to Asians’?
-How come if you are Caucasian or an English-speaking Asian in Asia, you are treated better everywhere you go?
-How come some Asians get ashamed from being around ‘too many Asians’?
-Why didn’t more Asian-Americans STAND UP after ‘Vincent Chin’?
Here is an article about the phenomenon of Asian youth ‘just not attracted to Asians’:
An article about all the Caucasians used in Asian commercials:
from angry asian man’s blog: Check out this piece by education columnist Jay Mathews in the Washington Post, examining a study by a student at Harvard on academics, ambition and Asian American identity formation: ‘Asian American Students and School Stereotypes’:
The study, ” ‘Too Many Asians at this School’: Racialized Perceptions and Identity Formation,” was written by Jenny Tsai as her senior college thesis for the social studies department at Harvard last year. If you e-mail Tsai at firstname.lastname@example.org
Has anyone else heard about how most of the real-life characters in the book ‘Bringing Down the House’ were mostly Asian American males, but that the movie would be cast with all-white actors and maybe one asian female? That is RACIST TO REWRITE THE ETHNICITIES of these guys from Asian to White. This is racist, because if you read the book their Asian ethnicity is central to the plot and their ability to gamble lots of money in Vegas. Just another example of racist Hollywood casting, and the complete exclusion/suppression of American-Asian men in Hollywood (‘Pat Buchanan’ racist mentality that Asian American men can’t play Americans on screen).
“Mezrich mentioned the stereotypical Hollywood casting process — though most of the actual blackjack team was composed of Asian males, a studio executive involved in the casting process said that most of the film’s actors would be White, with perhaps an Asian female. Even as Asian actors are entering more mainstream films, such as “Better Luck Tomorrow” and the upcoming “Memoirs of a Geisha,” these stereotypes still exist, Mezrich said.”
Here is a link about Jeffrey Ma, who was the Chinese American protagonist in the book “Bringing Down the House” that actually had all those crazy things happen to him. He is called “Kevin Lewis” in the book, and was in a fraternity and played water polo at MIT:
This is like that recent HBO movie ‘Marco Polo’, with a White guy playing Kublai Khan, or that ‘Tsunami’ movie focusing on White British tourists, and starring no South Asians. Can you imagine the outrage if Hollywood had remade ‘Coach Carter’ (a real life story) starring a White guy instead of Samuel L Jackson?  Producers added in Aaron Yoo at the last minute for cosmetic reasons, based on early reviews he’s in the film for 5 minutes, this casting is still racist as hell.
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