Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, but in Hollywood, they're often invisible or subject to old, tired stereotypes. Stereotypes in the media are especially harmful given that the Asian American community is woefully underrepresented on the large and small screen alike. Because of this imbalance, Asian American actors have few opportunities to counteract sweeping generalizations about their racial group. In reality, Asian Americans are far more than the geeks and geishas Hollywood would have you believe.
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Gangnam style and the stereotyping of Asian males - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Updated October 25, The popularity of Korean rapper Psy - whose "Gangnam style" dance has gone viral - has emphasised how entrenched stereotypes of Asian males persist in Western media, writes Benjamin Ng. As an Asian man, and working in both primary and secondary schools in Melbourne, I have noticed over the past week that students have started to both discreetly and overtly point at me, call me " Psy " and perform their unique rendition of the now famous Gangnam style dance. My immediate response to this phenomenon was to ask "Why aren't these students calling young white female staff members Lady Gaga and dancing a Pokerface dance? Is it because they are so unused to Asian people, men especially, in the mainstream media that they feel the need to make a point of it?
The Problem With ‘Asians Are Good at Science’
All rights reserved. The stand-up comic Hari Kondabolu, who is Indian American, had just finished telling a joke about being brown in America when the laughter was interrupted. The phrase is instantly recognizable to millions of fans of The Simpsons television show as the signature utterance of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who is portrayed unabashedly as a racial stereotype: the thrifty, borderline unscrupulous, and somewhat servile Indian convenience store owner. To Kondabolu, those words at a show in October were even more familiar. Now his irritation found expression in a smiling comeback.
But often the opposite is true. Our research has found that Asian Americans, especially women, often face significant career hurdles tied to perceptions about ethnicity and race. For one approach, we developed a minute survey that picks up major patterns of racial and gender bias. When we gave an early version to more than 3, American engineers, Asian American men and women were much more likely than white men to report that they had to prove themselves more than their colleagues. Most of the 3, respondents were women, which makes it hard to draw conclusions about Asian American men.