RE: [Videolib] More on Chan Films

Tatar, Becky (
Mon, 4 Aug 2003 13:26:21 -0500

After reading the NAATA piece, I realize that some of their concerns are
valid. However, since most of these films were in black and white, how
could they tell the actors had been made up in yellowface? Secondly, you
will never get away from stereotypes in film or literature. Everyone comes
from their own background and sees everything through a different frame of
reference. One of the worst stereotypes that is still considered acceptable
are the portrayals of many Christians - usually shown as narrow minded,
rigid, and intolerant. Portrayals of Catholics are even worse. What about
last year's controversy surrounding the show "The Sopranos?" And lets not
forget the ever popular evil German Nazis, and those superstitious folk in
Transylvania with their vampires and all. You can go on and on. Changing
stereotypes does not start with ignoring or forgetting the past, or, pardon
the expression, another stereotype? - whitewashing it. Education is the
only way. Just my 2 cents as a German Romanian American Catholic.

Becky Tatar
Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
Aurora Public Library
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Aurora, IL 60505
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