Anna May Wong January 3, —February 3, was the first Chinese American movie star and the first Asian American actress to gain international recognition. Wong broke the codes of yellowface in both American and European cinema to become one of the major global actresses of Asian descent between the world wars. She made close to sixty films that circulated around the world and in starred in her own television show, The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsongproduced by the defunct Dumont Network.
We will devote the remainder of the quarter to an examination of the complex, and frequently vexed, ways in which Asians and Asian Americans have been represented in U. Our approach will be interdisciplinary, multilayered, and transgressive in its insistence on an intertextuality that moves beyond the commonly interrogated categories of race, gender, and class. Students will read selected fiction, poetry, comics, graphic novels, scholarly articles, and other written texts.
Asians were seen and their stories were told. This was a year where mainstream audiences got a glimpse of the creative brilliance Asians were always capable of — and they absolutely loved it. Turning old assumptions and stereotypes on its head, movies that featured diverse casts thrived at the box office, and proved to be both an equitable necessity and a financial opportunity.
An overview essay on Asian Americans, including identity issues perceptions and misperceptions, use of terminology, understanding demographics, and the extreme diversity contained within the term. The growth and diversification of the Asian American population in recent years has been nothing short of phenomenal. Driven by sustained immigration and refugee resettlement during the s and s, Asian Americans have emerged as the nation's fastest growing racial group. Given that the school-age Asian American population doubled in the s and is expected to double again between andour schools and the larger society must confront some critical questions.
Mickey Rooney as Mr. Ashton Kutcher as a Bollywood producer, Raj, in a commercialhis skin darkened, a brown mustache affixed to his face, speaking in a cheap singsong voice, swaying his body, which is clad in a bright blue silk sherwani, back and forth to imitate the Indian head waggle. I have never quite seen myself on-screen.
Her character was tough, witty, and charismatic. Of course I wanted to be just like her. However, characters like her were too few and far between.
Over the course of the quarter, while reviewing Asian American pop culture, I have become a more critical consumer of Asian and Asian American media. Given the history of stereotypical portrayals of Asian people in American media, I have come to view any any reasonable, fair representations of Asian people in media as counter-hegemonic. On the other hand, I now better understand how the continued stereotypical representations of Asian people in media is damaging.
Asian Americans, having been degraded in the realm of popular media and neglected in the consumer market, have been unable to obtain a voice or leave a trace in American pop culture. The meager representation that Asian Americans rarely have is highly controlled through a distorted lens, inclined to paint them in a grotesquely exaggerated light for comic relief. The absence of Asian Americans in the media has compelled the Asian American youth to adapt the personas of different cultures in their desires for social and cultural mobility. These hybrid personas are part of the initial problem of misrepresentation, however, they are also a product of it as well.
Asian Americans have been involved in the entertainment industry since the first half of the 19th century, when Chang and Eng Bunker the original " Siamese Twins " became naturalized citizens. Some, like actress Merle Oberonhid their ethnicity so as to not be discriminated against by Hollywood's racist laws. Asian Americans are rapidly gaining access to the American mainstream.
In a geographical world that is now converging with the World Wide Web, oceans seem to shrink into a mere data stream. For a specific cultural group, Asian Americans, the effect of new media, particularly in the past 15 years, has catalyzed the formation of a new subcategory of pop culture: Asian American pop culture. Whether in the form of fusion sushi, anime, underground Asian American hip-hop artists or independent films, Asian American pop culture has gained widespread attention from Asian Americans and non-Asians alike.