Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reflection #1

Reflection on Week 8 discussion

We discussed stereotypes surrounding Asianness, specifically that of Asian women and their depictions in western mainstream media. What I never really reflected on is how narrow the "Asian" concept is for most Americans including myself. This being Asian people as people who are from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, and a few other places where the look is predominately what we know to be as Asian, not places like Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman. People from these places are placed in a more specific bubble, e.g. Saudi Arabian, instead of what we as Americans consider Asian, e.g. Japan and China. If you are from places such as China, Korea, or Japan, you are lumped together as Asian by most people who can't immediately see a difference.

Along with this, I have never realized how much every group of people that aren't specifically "white" are subjected to negative representation by the media, this representation usual being hypersexualization. This representation has hit asians, arabs, blacks, hispanics, and most likely more that I just haven't seen yet. The stereotypes are always lasting impressions and prejudgments based on extremely limited empirical evidence, and I don't see them ending anytime soon.

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