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Introduction

We have chosen Asians as our topic for this project. We thought that this group had many different interesting stereotypes and archetypes that would be appealing to us and the class. We thought that it would relate to us very well because we and our classmates, are also Asian as well. Although the group of Asians are very broad, there are many great stereotypes that we can derive from it.

Prompt 1

Our group has researched on stereotypes and archetypes of Asians. During the procedure, we have reviewed myriads of images and video clips. After such review, some images and video clips became very clear as original or copies, while some are rather ambiguous. Jackie Chan and Jet Li were two very clear examples of replica as these two figures are actors of current days. And for images like that of Bruce Lee and Yu So Chows demonstrate the fact that they are originals through black-and-white picture style. However, only with the pictures of the athletes we chose as stereotypes and archetypes, it is very difficult for a person to know which is an original or a replica unless he/she knows about the athlete. Our intended audience for these images and videos is probably Western audience as the examples are associated with Western society. For example, Jackie Chan and Jet Li are Hollywood actors, which would mean that the viewers would be mostly Westerners. We also associated our athlete archetypes with Western Sports Leagues; thus Pak Se Ri, Park Ji Sung, and Yao Ming are all intended for Western audience.
             Throughout our research and review, it became very obvious that the most widely represented demographic was a male adult. Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Yao Ming, William Hung, Noh Hong Chul, and etc are male adults and they take most parts of our presentation. In the other hand, it became clear that we were not able to represent as much younger figures. Michelle Wie and Park Tae Hwan would be the only younger generation of our example, which was pretty interesting. We also have noticed that there are no really exemplary figures that represent various other stereotypes the world has on Asians. This became significant as we then started to wonder how such numerous stereotypes can be formulated. The research had given us great opportunity to learn about our own Ethnic race and stereotypes/archetypes it holds on to.

Prompt 2

As we were viewing and observing media images, we recognized a few things that stood out. Firstly, we noticed in Hollywood, Asians were often depicted as masters of the martial arts. The two prime examples in the modern days are Jackie Chan and Jet Li as they are mainly shown in fighting movies. However, the man who started this trend was Bruce Lee, the archetype figure in martial arts films. One thing we have noticed is that although there are some tall Asians, as we have used Yao Ming in our presentation, Asians are typically short in height. Jackie Chan and Jet Li may not seem short in movies due to movie techniques, but they seem taller than they actually are. Chan and Li do not even reach 6 feet in height.

Secondly, we noticed that Asians are often depicted as evil characters. One example is the movie Lethal Weapon 4. Once again, Jet Li is shown as a man with extraordinary martial art skills only in this movie, he is depicted as the evil man. He is the leader of the other evil Asians doing evil.

Another aspect of Asians we observed is that they are weird or funny. Some people may think they are just acting this way in part of the script, but this is not true. William Hung is a prime example of this. Although he was embarrassed on national television, Hung came right back and said in an article, “People may think I am weird, but this is who I am and I will continue to be like myself.” Noh Hong Chul, a Korean comedian that often comes out in TV shows, is just a naturally funny guy. He volunteers to do crazy, pointless dares and doesn’t matter what the other people think of him.

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Bruce Lee, famous archetype for Asian martial art master

Bruce Lee, famous archetype for Asian martial art master

 

Jet Li is another famous hollywood actor with martial art stereotype
Jet Li is another famous hollywood actor with martial art stereotype
William Hung, famous example for stereotype that Asians are weird
William Hung, famous example for stereotype that Asians are weird
Samsung creates stereotype that Asians are technologically advanced
Samsung creates stereotype that Asians are technologically advanced
Sony is another company that illustrates that Asians are technologically advanced
Sony is another company that illustrates that Asians are technologically advanced
Michelle Wie creates a stereotype that Asians are athletic
Michelle Wie creates a stereotype that Asians are athletic
Pak Se Ri is a famous archetype for athletic Asians joining western sports leagues
Pak Se Ri is a famous archetype for athletic Asians joining western sports leagues

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