By Hyeong W.
The media has been the mainstream of racism and gender bias through the decades in America. Its representations of stereotyping people by their races and genders have influenced our view and killed off every individuals’ uniqueness and own freedom as one being. Among these, Asian-Americans are no exceptions; It is 2017 and the media still frames and discriminates Asian-Americans based on their race.
First of all, the media has long been framing and shaping Asian-Americans with its filthy stereotypes. Just a year ago, one of the biggest news station, FOX news, aired a segment filled with offensive and awful stereotypes about Asians. The segment was meant to interview Asian-Americans in Chinatown regarding Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The segment was full of disgusting stereotypes where the reporter asks one of the elderly men who can’t speak English a question and then mocks his inability to speak with clips from old movies and television shows. In another, the reporter asks people with questions like, “Do they call Chinese food in China just ‘food’?” It is just unbelievable that even such big news station like this pull these disgusting stereotypes and air it to the nation where millions of people are watching. Not only this but also many types of media such as youtube are full of grim stereotypes against Asian-Americans. The problem is that these constant influences of stereotypes by media to the society distorts and shapes people’s view on every Asian people. People start to judge Asians with prejudices and stereotypes, and only view them as what they are supposed to be. As an Asian foreigner myself, it is really disgusting to see Asian people getting stereotyped, disregarding their own different personalities and traits. Every Asian have to be good at academic skills, every Asian have to be a doctor or some high earning jobs, every Asian have to be not good at artistic or athletic way. . . This has to be stopped from media, not just for Asian-Americans, but also for other people of different races.
Media also has been influenced, and influencing society to discriminate Asian-Americans. Movies or cartoons in America barely features Asian actor or character as a part of their movie. Also, many of recent Hollywood movies such as Ghost in the Shell and The Great Wall whitewashed Asian actors, replacing the main protagonists with White actors such as Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon when the whole movie was about Asian culture or originated from Asia. The horrible reality of this Hollywood movie businesses’ racism against Asian-Americans can be also inferred from the case of the Hollywood Actress, Chloe Bennet. Chloe Bennet is a half Chinese half White blooded Hollywood Actress who recently starred in Marvel’s TV show, Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. She has been controversial since she changed her original surname, Wang. People were criticizing Chloe for changing her surname since it might imply a meaning that she is dropping her identity as Chinese. However, Chloe argued back by saying, “Changing my last name doesn’t change the fact that my BLOOD is half Chinese, that I lived in China, speak Mandarin, or that I was culturally raised both American and Chinese. It means I had to pay my rent, and Hollywood is racist and wouldn’t cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable.” Her argument implies the current horrible reality of Hollywood’s racism towards Asian-Americans or Asian cultures. This is just like a parallel theory to the case of discrimination toward women in the newsroom during the 1960s. According to Women and Journalism by Deborah Chambers, Linda Steiner, and Carole Fleming, women journalists were discriminated and not preferred by newsroom since they were considered “minority” and not popular. It should’ve not happened, and shouldn’t be repeated again. But here we are, with the same kind of discrimination happening again towards Asian-Americans this time.
Likewise, the media has been framing and discriminating Asian-Americans in its own way. This is a wrong-intended way of media, this is a problem, this has to be changed! It has to be taken into action right now, 2017. If we don’t act up and fight against this horrible racism created by media and through media, it would be another mistake our society made into history.
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