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Racist representations, American film
The purpose of this paper is to explore the racist representations of Asians and Asian Americans in film that serve to enhance white supremacy. I will examine the initial depictions of Asians by white actors and actresses, the impact of U.S. foreign and domestic policy on the portrayals of Asians and Asian Americans, the various stereotypes that evolved out of a racist and sexist milieu, the impact of the yellow peril on the development of stereotypes in film, and the way that stereotypes are gendered and sexualized. Also, I will examine two films from different eras, and will deconstruct the stereotypes and themes. It is important to acknowledge the impact such stereotypes have on actual people, and as a result 1 have included Lee’s interviews with Asian American actors and my interviews with Asian and Asian American individuals.
American Cultural Studies
Johnson, Laura (Laura Renee), "Asian and Asian American Representations in American Film" (2004). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 210.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Asians in motion pictures; Asian Americans in motion pictures; Racism in motion pictures; Motion pictures, American
student projects; term papers
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