“Family Guy” and its Asian Stereotypes
“Family Guy” is well known to be a cartoon of disgrace and ill-mannered portrayals of real life events. Asian Stereotype was no exception portrayals in “Family Guy”. In many of the Asian stereotypical scenes in “Family Guy”, one of the episodes shows a scene about an Asian woman driver causing wreckage on the freeway as she exits out of the freeway itself. The following is a dialogue of the scene:
ASIAN FEMALE DRIVER. How much signals do I need to cut across a lane?
ASIAN FEMALE DRIVER. None?
ASIAN FEMALE DRIVER. I turn now, good luck everybody else. (Season 5 Episode 6, Family Guy)
Throughout the decades, Asian and women have been stereotyped as the worst drivers of all. With the combination of both, “Family Guy” portrays the Asian Stereotype by running this scene about the ultimate failure of an Asian woman driver to safely exit a freeway.
Aware of Asian Stereotypes
Just like any other racial stereotypes, Asian Stereotypes have been and always will be around in our society. The fact that Asians are allowed to be portrayed stereotypically in Media shows the lack of voices of this minority group. Asian stereotypes are taken lightly by others, and yet heavily by the Asian population. Whether one likes it or not, Asian stereotype does not disappear eternally. As individuals of intellectual specie, we have to acknowledge the power of a racial stereotype and the possibilities of it remaining to be an eternal issue. To allocate such problem to another perspective, we must aim to become aware of them, by viewing these Asian Stereotypical films of what your average American watches on TV or at the movies. Although when Asian characters seem harmless (Jackie Chan in “Rush Hour” series) or humorous (Asian Female Driver in “Family Guy”), these stereotypes maintain only the racial typical stereotypes of Asians.
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