Asian Migration Outline B

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Miah Perez July 12, 2023 Asian Migration 2 Section: Tuesday, 3:00pm - 3:50pm Essay Outline Question B Introduction 1: The society of the United States includes a variety of aspects, such as media, entertainment, literature, and cultural standards, all of which impact the manner in which Asians are depicted and looked at. These representations might range from stereotypes and narrow storytelling to wider social views and biases. Paragraph 2: Asians are frequently subjected to stereotypes that portray them in certain ways. The stereotype of the "model minority" depicts Asians as extremely successful, diligent, and obedient, largely sustaining the fiction of equal success throughout varied Asian cultures. This image helps to perpetuate the present system of authority and racial hierarchies in the community. Furthermore, regardless of generational links to the United States, the "perpetual foreigner" image casts Asians as perpetual outsiders, maintaining concepts of otherness and supporting the dominant group's sense of belonging. Another portrayal is exoticism, which romanticizes and fetishizes Asian cultures, customs, and looks. This depiction, which is based on Orientalist viewpoints, frequently reduces Asians to exotic objects of want or curiosity. It feeds the dominant society's curiosity about the "mysterious East" while also reinforcing the perception of Western cultural supremacy. 1
Paragraph 3: The media has a significant influence on how Asians are depicted in the United States. White actors have traditionally performed Asian parts, a practice known as "yellowface" or "whitewashing." Excluding Asian actors from their own tales deprives them of representation and fosters the perception that only white actors can express varied ethnic realities. Past and institutional prejudices in the world of entertainment have influenced the choice of image. In the media, Asian characters are frequently cast in clichéd roles such as martial artists, geeks, gangsters, or subservient sidekicks. These depictions restrict the depth and complexity of Asian characters, promoting basic preconceptions that fail to capture Asian folks' diversity and compassion. A mix of limited exposure, cultural misunderstanding, and market-driven decisions that emphasize profit above true narrative might be blamed for the lack of nuanced depiction. Paragraph 4:Asian representation in the United States is impacted by past immigration patterns and power relations. During the Gold Rush, early waves of Asian immigration, such as Chinese immigrants, were met with prejudice and discrimination. These unfavorable attitudes spawned pejorative stereotypes and fostered the concept of Asians as eternal foreigners. The historical background of Japanese incarceration during WWII reinforced the notion of Asians as outsiders, influencing later depictions.The dominant society's portrayal of Asians is also influenced by a lack of awareness and exposure to various Asian cultures. As the intricacies of Asian identities and experiences are disregarded, cultural ignorance encourages simplified and misleading depictions. Because of this inadequate knowledge, homogenous and narrow-minded portrayals of Asian populations are frequently created. 2
Paragraph 5: The portrayal of Asians in the dominant society and culture of the United States is impacted by a variety of causes and keeps changing. Stereotypes, exoticism, media representation, and historical and sociological issues all contribute to how Asians are presented. These representations support the preservation of relations of power, promote racial hierarchies, and reinforce an impression of distinction. Recognizing and correcting these portrayals is crucial for developing an open-minded culture that values the unique circumstances, accomplishments, and compassion of all people, regardless of ethnic heritage. 3
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