Negative Stereotypes Of Asian Americans

Hailey Law
Su-Ching Wang
English 198
21 Nov. 2012

Rising Against Negative Stereotypes of Asian Americans in Popular Culture That Developed Throughout History

Negative stereotypes of Asians have been collectively internalized by societies, and were manifested by a society's popular culture, including the media [HYPERLINK: http://maoist.wikia.com/wiki/Mass_media?action=edit&redlink=1], literature [HYPERLINK: http://maoist.wikia.com/wiki/Literature?action=edit&redlink=1], theatre [HYPERLINK: http://maoist.wikia.com/wiki/Theatre?action=edit&redlink=1], and other creative expressions. Throughout America's history, Asian Americans have been conceived, treated, and portrayed as perpetual ...

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[HYPERLINK: http://maoist.wikia.com/wiki/Takao_Ozawa_v._United_States?action=edit&redlink=1], acts of legislature [HYPERLINK: http://maoist.wikia.com/wiki/Chinese_Exclusion_Act_(United_States)], and statements made in the nation's media, such as "Go back to China!" (a familiar racist expression of xenophobia against Asian immigrants). The perceptions of Americans toward Asians in the media including characterizations of communication and social skills have drastically changed over the years. From the obvious negative stereotypes of the "six faces of the oriental" that developed in the 1800's and early 1900's to the perceived "positive" stereotype (but still actually negative) that occurred in the 1960's to depict Asians as the "model minority," the stereotypes never disappeared. These stereotypes placed on Asian Americans throughout history in popular culture were all negative, and today Asian Americans still experience these same negative racial stereotypes which we as ...

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Times, 1886) and "Conference Endorses Chinese Exclusion" (The New York Times, 1905). The "Gook" stereotype originated with the US Military during the Korean War as a generic term for Asians, and became more popular during the Vietnam War. A gook is an invisible and powerful enemy with superhuman endurance and ability to absorb punishment. The "Model Minority" stereotype originated in the 1950's as a representation of successful assimilation of Asians that was contrasted with the less successful assimilation of those who did not fit the standards. Although this may have been perceived as a positive stereotype, this, like all of the six faces of the oriental, was still a negative ...

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