Do you have any good quotes about Asian representation in the media? I'm writing an essay on it. Thank you!
I GOT YOU!!!! I DID A PAPER ON THIS TOO. Unfortunately I deleted it off google docs so I couldn’t just give you my cited sources. But here’s a few good articles and quotes:
- Of 800 main cast members on 100 network TV shows, just 52 (6%) are of Asian descent
- “You can’t get Asians cast in leads yet. Maybe as a second lead, but the lead is still going to be Caucasian or African-American. But Hollywood is fickle, it follows trends. If a show or a film did well with an Asian lead, then it would take off.” - ‘Heroes’ Co-Star Masi Oka: 'Hollywood Still Won’t Cast Asian Leads’
- “People ask, ‘So, how are the roles now? You must be getting so many.’ And it’s like, I don’t know if you know, but I’m Asian still,” Yeun told TheWrap earlier in July, laughing. “It’s not a complaint, that’s just how it is now, and I have to forge my own path through it and see that through. I think that if I had not been Asian, I probably would have a whole plethora of roles, at least to audition for, but it’s just not what has been written.” - ‘Walking Dead’ Star Steven Yeun Is Writing and Producing His Own Projects to Create Better Roles For Asian Actors
- When Asian Americans Appear On TV, It’s Usually As One Of These Racist Stereotypes
- “Asians made up just 4.4 percent of speaking characters across last year’s top 100 grossing movies, according to a University of Southern California study. “ - Where Are All the Asian Americans in Hollywood?
- A tweet by Arden Cho talking about turning down a role: https://twitter.com/arden_cho/status/314820671106605057
- “Wu slammed those reported attempts at altering Johansson’s appearance, calling the alleged acts “heinous.” Altering a white actor’s features to appear more Asian, Wu said, “reduces our race and our ethnicity down to mere physical appearance. And as we all know, our ethnicity, our races, and our culture are so much deeper than how we friggin’ look.”
“Wu also speculated as to why Asian-Americans in Hollywood might be reluctant to speak up. “I think it’s because of the scarcity of roles,” she said. “If I say this against this executive producer, maybe they wont hire me. Better to say it in private to my friends so that I get employment later.““The thing we need to learn is … the job is not worth it, because jobs come and go,” Wu continued. “I hope the Asian community starts becoming more vocal.” - Constance Wu And Ming-Na Wen Protest Hollywood’s Whitewashing Of “Ghost In The Shell”
- “With my first film [“Better Luck Tomorrow”], I was working three jobs [to help pay for it]. I was meeting with potential investors, and right away everybody’s like, “It’s an Asian-American cast. It’ll never sell.” And a lot of them were Asian-American investors. A guy offered $1 million for the budget, and he said, “We’ll get Macaulay Culkin to be the lead.” If I would have said yes, I would have gotten $1 million and I would have gotten to make the movie with a white cast, but it didn’t interest me.” - Jeremy Lin, What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood*(*If you’re not a straight white man.) (There’s a lot of great quotes in this article from Asian actors/directors/etc.)
- Why Young Asian-Americans Are Fleeing Hollywood
- “I knew from growing up that they wouldn’t put my kind of people onscreen. There were no decent roles for Asians, much less Asian males. Even when Jackie Chan broke through over here and people fell in love with him, they weren’t really seeing him as this iconic, superstar actor—they were seeing him as this cute, funny oriental dude who spoke broken English and did acrobatic tricks. As an Asian American male, what they were in love with is everything you hate, you know?” - Daniel Wu, Into the Badlands’ Daniel Wu Is the Asian American Action Hero That Bruce Lee Should’ve Been
- “I was talking to a friend the other day about HBO’s Togetherness. I was like, “It’s a show about white people.”And he said “Oh, come on, they’re just people.” But if somebody says my show is about Asian American people, nobody bats an eye. If you think about what that says about the normative context of TV, white people are allowed to exist as just people.” - Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat’s Constance Wu Still Isn’t Sure About This Whole TV Thing
- Also http://blog.angryasianman.com/ is one of my favorite blogs that touches on Asian representation in the media.
Also if you search an AA actors name and Asian representation/racism into Google you’re bound to find an article of them speaking out on it which says a lot… I’d also touch on the fact that barely a handful of Asians have won an Oscar but people in Yellowface have.