The Under-Representation of Asian Americans in Mainstream Media…
The Under-Representation of Asian Americans in Mainstream Media
Content Creators aged 18-30 and Americans (in General, but definitely catered to Asian Americans) aged 6-30
I'm including young Asian Americans because I personally feel like a lot of Asian youth, like myself when I was younger, didn't really have a "hero" figure in mainstream media that they could really identify with.
To Content Creators: "Let's Make Heroes."
I want to encourage (current and future) comic book artists, writers, filmmakers, television producers, etc. to make strong Asian leads.
To Americans: (More or less) We're not like [insert nerdy immasculated sitcom character, insert whitewashed character a la Ghost in the Shell or Emma Stone in Aloha]. We can be [Insert Glenn Rhee, insert Superman or Captain America]
Out of 100 top-grossing films for 2014, 40 had no Asian characters.
Examples of "White-washed" roles in movies and television
"But mostly, Asian-Americans are invisible. Though they make up 5.4 percent of the United States population, more than half of film, television and streaming properties feature zero named or speaking Asian characters, a February report from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California found. Only 1.4 percent of lead characters in a sample of studio films released in 2014 were Asian."
Call To Action
Post on social media, tell the studios how you feel
To Content Creators: Let's Make Heroes
I want to include clips for my examples if possible (fair use ya knooooowwwwww??)
Definitely Humorous, a little tongue-in-cheek perhaps
In the version of this video that plays in my head, I drew inspiration from those infographic-y Vox and Buzzfeed shorts that pop up all over Facebook