‘Nerd’, ‘bad driver’, ‘exotic woman’: More than a third of API characters in main roles embody a trope or stereotype, study finds
Asian and Pacific Islander (API) characters remain poorly represented in Hollywood, with even those in main roles still embodying tropes and stereotypes that reinforce discrimination, according to a new study.
Key findings: The inaugural research, titled “I Am Not a Fetish or Model Minority,” found that 35.2% of API characters in main title casts embodied at least one common Asian trope or stereotype. These include the “nerd,” the “bad driver” and the “exotic woman,” to name a few.
Several AAPI actors recently shared what it’s like to thrive in Hollywood where Asian men have long been typecast into secondary roles that perpetuate racial stereotypes.
Perspectives on representation: Nico Hiraga (“Moxie”), Charles Melton (“Riverdale”), Danny Pudi (“Mythic Quest”), Vincent Rodriguez III (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) and George Takei (“Star Trek”) spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the industry that treats AAPI men as undesirable sidekicks.
Legendary actor James Hong and three other Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) artists will be getting their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Hong, Ming-Na Wen, Jason Momoa and singer/songwriter apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas are among the newest list of entertainers to be honored with the prestigious recognition, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced on Thursday. The AAPI honorees will be part of the Class of 2022, including 34 other stars from film, television, radio, theater and sports.
What happened: The Instagram Story, which was posted by Filipino American entrepreneur Rembrandt Flores, shows a group of Asian people dining at Tadaima, a new sushi restaurant located at 615 N. Western Avenue.
Sociologist Dr. Nancy Wang Yuen, Amazon Studios and the UTA Foundation conducted a study about the lack of API representation in Hollywood.
About the report: The Prevalence and Portrayal of Asian and Pacific Islanders Across 1,300 Popular Films is part of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative that “uncovers the limited portrayal” of the API community, according to Variety.
Actress Lucy Liu recently opened up about her experience being “othered” as an Asian American actress and playing roles that perpetuate dangerous stereotypes in Hollywood.
In an op-ed published in the Washington Post on April 29, Liu, 52, reveals that while she feels “fortunate to have ‘moved the needle’ a little with some mainstream success,” she said that there is “still much more to go” and that “it’ll take more to end 200 years of Asian stereotypes.”
Although “Minari” has received praise from critics, the Golden Globes placed the film under the foreign-language category due to a rule created by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
According to the HFPA, at least 50% of a film’s main language must be English for it to be placed under two of the most competitive categories at the Golden Globes, Entertainment Weekly explains.
Constance Wu has given birth to a baby girl following a low-profile pregnancy with boyfriend musician Ryan Kattner.
Keeping it private: The 38-year-old actress has mostly kept her private life away from the limelight last year, even before the start of the pandemic following the release of her latest film “Hustlers,” E Online reported.
Action superstar Jackie Chan has opened up about why he is rarely seen in Hollywood films over the past couple of years.
Prolific actor: Following a stellar career in Hong Kong, Chan became a prominent actor worldwide, eventually starring in many American action movies since the ’80s, ScreenRant reported.
Daniel Dae Kim is asking Twitter users to help James Hong get his own Hollywood star after CNN shined a spotlight on the 91-year-old actor’s work in the entertainment industry.
Kim tweeted that the veteran actor deserved his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, AsAm News reported.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with an apology from Megan Amram posted to Twitter on June 17.
Television comedy writer, producer and performer Megan Amram has recently been speaking out about Black Lives Matter and using her social platforms to support important causes.