This is the course blog for ICS24/ELIT24, Asian American Literature, at De Anza College
Probably because Asian Americans are more commonly found as "comedic relief" in most films in entertainment where as African Americans and Caucasians seem to be able to taken more seriously when playing serious roles. Jackie Chan is a good example of this because he fights extremely well but America turns most of his fighting into comedy rather than a serious action scene.
I think it's because a lot of Asians in the Asian community don't believe in careers in that industry. They don't think Art is important, and that acting/dancing/music won't compare to being a doctor/lawyer.
I believe it is because stereotypically Asians and Asian American people are seen as being submissive, and quiet; Which aren’t qualities that the entertainment industry are looking for. Being loud, crazy, cocky and unpredictable are qualities the industry feel most audiences will like or at least be entertained by. For instance, a show like Jersey Shore but featuring a house full of Koreans would never make it to MTV. Even if these were the craziest, out of control people MTV could find i feel it still wouldn’t take off as a hit just because of media stereotypes.
HI! My name is Manisha,Because we are still a minority in this country.I don't think there is any other reason for this.
I think this is probably because Asian Americans are stereotyped as being more submissive and smart. The entertainment industry are probably looking for people who are more confident (not that Asian Americans are not, it's just that they are stereotyped as not confident). Many Asian Americans are also stereotyped for not having any interest n this field, but in the sciences, such as engineering, computer-science, etc. They are also stereotyped as people who speak bad and broken English (although this is not always true).
I think that there are a lot less people qualified for acting that are Asian at the moment, once Asians are seen as much more of a majority in the country there will be much more Asians in films.
It definitely has to do with the fact that it is America. Even though the Asians are Americans, the entertainment industry has always been dominated by Whites and African-Americans. Even in Korea, obviously it is dominated by Koreans, but there are actually a few actors/actresses who are white. They don't have the fame like the big stars, but they do receive a little attention.
America is Black and White. The only big break out movies in America with Asian Americans is the Harold and Kumar series. We already have these predetermined molds, of black people being buff and rough, white people being the protagonist, asians being support characters, women being damsels in distress. Hollywood doesn't want something new, they see this formula that's been working, so they'll keep cranking these movies out, because majority of the people in America are white, and they want things relatable to their fan base.
I believe that Asians are not seen in the entertainment industry because of the stereotypes that Asians are only Kun-Fu masters or video game wizards. I would agree with Karina's reply that Asians are most seen as submissive characters. A lot of the industry has Asians not seen as the hero saving the girl but only looked at the side kick. - Jeofrey Reyes
I think that it might be for those who came all the way here to America, usually their goal is to gain a better education. Therefore, making it more uncommon to be seen in the American entertainment system. Also, Asian Americans are still a minority in the United States.
It's just the producer or the entertainment industry does not find many Asian-American to be attractive especially Asian-American is mostly assumed to be not that talented in this field
Samuel Young:this is actually a topic that has always bothered me as a kid. I may never really understand it. But i came across and article one day after the world wide release of teh live action movie Dragon ball Evolution. Its an asian based cartoon with all asian characters but when the movie was made, not evena single asian person was cast as a main character except one character and he barely even spoke. It was the most dispaointing movie I have ever watched as for many other people who are fans of the anime. The article mentioned how the american music industry and the executive producers believe that the average american will not want to pay top dollar to see an asian man/woman as the lead. The talent is definitely there but the only talent they keep their eyes peeled for are asians that fit the asian stereotype. If you want to be a famous asian actor you MUST know kung fu....and be really smart! I mean, thats not something to be looked down upon, but its defintely not true for all asians. These stereotypes often get in the way of entertainment producers and directors on picking their lead roles for films and often done so unintentionally. However, times are changing, especially since with asian americans like Jeremy Lin, there is a bright future for the entertainment world and Asian Americans.
Most Asian don't go into that industry due to their family value but i think more and more will start going into film industry because now days i see alot of my friend doing film, music and art so it will be soon.