Asian-Americans are mistaken for who they actually are.
Even though Asian-Americans are seen in the media once in a while, Asian-Americans need to be represented more frequently in ways that are actually true. Countless Asian-Americans students do not perform so well in school, especially with the pressure of the model minority myth and the pressure of an Easterner’s parent. ‘Homing in on the Asian character’ should be much more valued than believing falsely advertised films, videos, and other propaganda about the Eastern traditions and lifestyle. (Chung 1) In ancient times, Westerner’s perception of Easterners, later shaped and sculpted how Asian-Americans were portrayed and treated. As time goes on, we must be viewed as who we truly are, though there is a ‘lack of diversity onscreen’, as Chung has stated, in the article ‘John Cho, Sulu of ‘Star Trek Beyond’’ to fully portray who we actually are. (Chung 1)
Clearly, this film was based on an Asian ethnicity but once the ‘real’ movie came out, the Asian actors were replaced with American actors, in other words, white-washing.
The stereotypes of Asian students that are smart and are always over-achievers is merely a myth and can negatively affect other students who aren’t performing as the stereotypes claim. As Geeta Gandbhir and Michele Stephenson, in the New York time article, ‘A Conversation With Asian-Americans on Race’, mention, Stereotypes unfairly confine them — particularly the one that brands them a ‘model minority’. For those students who aren’t great at academia, unrealistic standards are set, and there’s a sense of pressure to do better; otherwise they’re deemed as dumb. Also, with this type of pressure on students who are still young, it can affect them extremely negatively and cause them to be mentally damaged.
CHINKS. NERDS. FOBS.
Along with the model minority myth, Asians are viewed as submissive, exotic, and even chinks, which are huge misconceptions. As Katie stated in the article, Snapchat Finds Itself on the Wrong Side of a Racial Lens. Again.; terms such as slanted eyes are thrown constantly at Asian-Americans when in fact there are countless different eye shapes that inhabit the Eastern culture such as hooded lid, wide set eyes, and even protruding eyes. It’s important to not categorize Asians by these terms because it puts an unrealistic image into other people’s minds. This misconception causes people to treat Asians unfairly. In the Asian-American community, there are countless types of people and to category every single Asian into one standard is dehumanizing; therefore, more representation in mass media can help open people’s perspectives.
Additionally, being labeled so falsely puts pressure on future generations to behave a certain way which can limit one’s creativity; therefore, there should be more positive representations of Asian-Americans in mass media. With more influence from the Asian community, it’ll help the younger generation explore the wider range of diversity which can help them determine how they want to live their lives instead of forcing to fit into the norm of regular Americans. Putting all the different types of Asians into one section singles out all those who are different and unique, which can suppress their creativity for standing out. More representation can help young people to realize that it’s fine to be out of the norm.
Misconceptions of the Asian-American community, causes distortion; therefore we need more representations of the Asian-American culture and heritage among the media to broadcast how we truly are instead of listening to false accusations about the community. With more promotion of how the Asian community is, it’ll relieve the stress from the model minority myth and lessen the negative labels that are attached to the community. Lastly, with all these unnecessary labels and pressure, it’ll definitely limit one’s growth and creativity. If we were to have more representations of Asian-Americans in the mass media, it’ll benefit the younger generations with all the different types of role models that they can look up to.
I absolutely feel that there is a lack of diversity in films and movies. With more representations from the Asian-American community, it’ll demonstrate how Asians actually are instead of showing that we’re nerds and geeky.
Chung, Nicole. “John Cho, Sulu of ‘Star Trek Beyond,’ The New York Times. 23 July 2016,
Accessed 17 Sept 2016.
Gandbhia, Geeta, and Michele Stephenson. “A Conversation With Asian-Americans on Race.” The New York Times. 5 Apr 2016,
Accessed 17 Sept 2016.
Rogers, Katie. “Snapchat Finds Itself on the Wrong Side of a Racial Lens. Again.” The New York Times. 14 Aug 2016,
Accessed 17 Sept 2016.