Asian Americans are a minority group of the American population. Popular media exposure to Asian Americans lacks portraying actuality/reality of Asian Americans. Especially, Hollywood is unfair and destructive in its portrayal of Asians. The goal of this video essay is to demonstrate stereotypical, archetypal and often negative characteristics are imposed on Asians in Hollywood movies. There are clear indications that such media characterizations are reinforcing misperceptions and misrepresentation that are manifesting in real life.
Movies from the early century have been successful in portraying this stereotypical version of the Asian woman. Many of popular films do not reflect the true individuality of the typical Asian American living in America. In Hollywood films, Asian Americans often characterized such as ‘China doll’ (Inferior and subordinate to whites, hypersexual, exotic, overly feminine and eager to please), ‘Dragon lady’ (seductive, untrustworthy, female version of the Asian bad guy), or ‘Women warrior’(strong, independent, often is a hero). Lastly, through the video essay I intend to provide the very meanings and implications of media representation of Asian American women in both negative and positive ways; and also to explain the relationship between reality and the media world.
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