Photo by Sina Aragni.

“Ethnically oriented” versus “American” roles in Hollywood

Must “ethnic” and “American” be juxtaposed and presented as mutually exclusive? Much of the talk about Asian American visibility in Hollywood is about the visibility of later generation, accent-less, “assimilated” Asians, but what about the visibility of Asian characters who are foreign or immigrant, and who do speak English with an accent? Don’t they deserve to be portrayed with dignity and respect?

Photo by Sina Aragni.

“Ethnically oriented” versus “American” roles in Hollywood

Must “ethnic” and “American” be juxtaposed and presented as mutually exclusive? Much of the talk about Asian American visibility in Hollywood is about the visibility of later generation, accent-less, “assimilated” Asians, but what about the visibility of Asian characters who are foreign or immigrant, and who do speak English with an accent? Don’t they deserve to be portrayed with dignity and respect?

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