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Documentaries about Asian Representation in Film

Hollywood Chinese: the Chinese in American Feature Films

Documents the representation and involvement of the Chinese in American cinema from the silent era to the 21st century. While celebrating their contributions to American filmmaking a haunting and telling undercurrent of racism and stereotypes weaves its way in, suggestive of the difficulties that Chinese men and women found working in Hollywood -- particularly in the early years.

No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee: What Do You Do When None of Your Heroes Look Like You?

Various Asian Americans relate how they had to assimilate and adapt to a dominant white society in America. Asian American actors discuss ethnic identity, mass media stereotyping and their subservient roles in the mass media.

Renee Tajima Reads Asian Images in American Film

Discussion of the stereotyping of Asians and Asian-Americans in American films, particularly the passive Asian woman and the monolithic Asian masses who do not seem to have individual identity. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1984.

The Slanted Screen

From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to Harold & Kumar Go to Whitecastle, The slanted screen explores the portrayals of Asian men in American cinema, chronicling the experiences of actors who have had to struggle against ethnic stereotyping and limiting roles. The film presents a critical examination of Hollywood's image-making machine, through a fascinating parade of 50 film clips spanning a century. Special features: A tribute to Mako (8 min.) ; "Influencing the image makers" : Oct. 5, 2006 panel discussion at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (45 min.) 2006.

When East Meets East

When an aspiring Chinese actress is told in an audition "You should be more Chinese," she is confused. What exactly does it mean to be "more Chinese" for people of Asian descent who have relocated to or were born in North America?