Asian Stereotypes In The Media Essay

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Introduction
By definition, Media Literacy is defined as the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. The power of the media should not be underestimated. Millions of teens and adults spend hours watching television and surfing the web on a daily basis. With the use of media literacy, these individuals that utilize hours of their daily lives can be protected from pressures of media disinformation that also pushes them to become the idealistic human model it wishes them to be. By teaching majority of our communities about media literacy, we can free them from the standardized pressures of society itself. These free beings will no longer feel the needs to live up to the ...view middle of the document...

Asian Stereotypes are a particular misinformation of the media. Ever since the arrival of Asians during the gold rush, they have always been portrayed wrongly in the media. When comes into mind of the word “Asian”, the thoughts of a slanted eyed, short, and skinny being with a funny accent have almost never been missed. Only recently, Asians were stereotyped positively as they were portrayed to be individuals commonly capable of achieving straight A’s. Films from the past few centuries have actively supported the many stereotypes of Asians. Asian actors are often depicted to roles of exotic cultures and mysterious; roles like Kung Fu Masters were commonly played by many of them in American films. Through deep analysis, careful observations, and good use of media information, traces of Asian stereotypes can be identified commonly in sports, cartoons, and films.
Methods
Many people believe victims are the best sources of credibility. To be effective and precise, I went after the history of the victims of Asian stereotypes in the media. People like Jeremy Lin, who was never given a basketball scholarship despite that he was California’s most valuable player in his senior year were on the top priority of my list. As a basketball fan myself, I started my research by diving into the backgrounds of Jeremy Lin. I started my research by watching an interview of Jeremy Lin on the program “60 Minutes”. Even though I never heard of “60 Minutes”, I knew it was an excellent source of research as it is a program consists of nothing but unedited contents of interviews. With such an excellent source, I was still not satisfied at all. I knew a third person narrative interview would not be of keen in exposing Jeremy’s life, so I decided to excavate deeper by going on Jeremy Lin’s YouTube Channel. Jeremy’s YouTube channel possesses many videos of his basketball training and life stories. Lastly, I finished off my research with Jeremy Lin by watching the film “Linsanity” as it provides valuable information about his journey to become an NBA player.
In my childhood, I have watched many comedy films. The “Rush Hours” series were the first to be brought up to my attention of Asian Stereotypes. “Rush Hour” series were unique components to my research as they are comedy flicks composed of racially stereotypical jokes. With an iconic Asian actor Jackie Chan being only available for the first three sequels, I watched exactly the first three. To make sure I chose wisely of Asian stereotypical scenes from the pictures, I deeply analyzed all of them before moving onto any sources. I concluded my research of Asian stereotypes in Films by deeply researching into the backgrounds of Jackie Chan, because he was one of the two main characters in the series “Rush Hour”.
During my research of Jeremy Lin, I noticed a substantiate amount of Asians on YouTube. Whether from viewers to directors, the majority is Asians. Curious as how YouTube can help me on my research, I simply...

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