For this weeks blog post I am going to focus on the Asian stereotypes that movies and society cannot seem to avoid making. These stereotypes of Asians are offensive to this group because it is an inaccurate assumption about them and about their ethnicity. The stereotypes of Asians that have been unavoidable are the genius, the dragon ladies, the Kung Fu Fighters, the foreigners, and the prostitutes. There are a number of movies that fulfill these stereotypes and they include The Karate Kid (both the old and new version with Jaden Smith), Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift, Law and Order SVU, Dads, The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, Gilmore Girls, Up, Star Wars, Sixteen Candles, Harold and Kumar, and many others as well. In these movies they carry out one of the stereotypes above and on top of that include a few others like “eating dog” and not being able to tell the difference between the different types of Asian ethnicities. In an interview done with a comedy “group” the Fung Brothers, they say that the most offensive and hurtful part to these stereotypes is that it makes Asians believe that culturally that a certain stereotype is the only place they fit into in society. They also say that the thing about watching young stereotypes like in Goonies makes kids want to be like those stereotypes and not being true to their identities.
The Asian stereotype has been around for a very long time and it has morphed throughout decades to incorporate other stereotypes of Asians as well. The biggest problem with these stereotypes is the way they make the Asian group feel like culturally they only have certain spots to fill. These depictions are what need to be changed about the media because a group should not feel like they cannot be themselves and like they only need to fulfill a certain place in society.