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Asian Stereotypes in the Mass Media: A Content Analysis of Asian Minority Portrayals in the U.S. Films

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This study gives examples of the various films that show Asian stereotyping that takes place in the media and visual art. The author conducted an analysis on the portrayal of Asian minority in US films which emphasized on the problems of racism and discrimination that the Asian Americans have to face which eventually lead to public outrage and political negotiations. According to the author, the Asian people are mostly represented as knowledgeable, hardworking and bearing good moral principles. The author's work will help the research to build up a solid foundation as it easily helps to understand as to the how the implementation of strategies and tactics help change the perception of people regarding a culture.

Therefore, this will serve as the primary source of analysis for the paper. The paper analyzes films based on yellow peril trait and model minority trait. A majority of the lead characters portrayed in this movie were intelligent and had a sharp mind. This is seen in many movies wherein the Chinese people are mostly geeks and are represented as being good at solving mathematical and technical problems The other common trait seen in the Chinese character of these movies were involved in fraudulent behavior.

Chinese characters in Hollywood movies are also seen displaying acts of martial arts and handling of weapons, this is commonly seen in action movies. Various famous Chinese actors of Hollywood, such as Jackie Chan, Jet li are mostly seen in action movies. Examples of these movies include the expendables, the one etc. The female Chinese characters are portrayed as being sexually seductive such as in Lethal Weapon in which various girls belonging to the Asian ethnicity are trained to kill people after seducing them.

But the Asians are also shown as good people in many other movies in which they are polite and are sometimes represented as being shy or quiet people.

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