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Asian Americans and the Media 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0745642748
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Editorial Reviews

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"Significant books reveal gaps in knowledge and compel readers to share an author's ideas. This excellent book succeeds on both counts."
Journalism Studies

"An excellent introduction to many critical issues in Asian American film and media studies. However, its ease of understanding is deceptive since the book is extensively researched and rigorously explores the topics it discusses ... [a] significant addition to the scholarship on Asian American media arts."
Afterimage

“In lively, engaging prose, Ono and Pham deftly survey scholarship on the mass media (film, television, radio, and the Internet) and outline the history of media stereotyping. Well-chosen examples illuminate the give and take between mainstream media, consumers, activists, and independent artists engaged in defining and redefining the popular image of Asian Americans. If you are interested in learning more about the ways we talk about race, start with this volume.”
Peter X. Feng, University of Delaware

“Ono and Pham present a fascinating read on the representational politics of Asian Americans. Using history as a guide to read these images, Ono and Pham underscore the necessity of understanding the cultural politics and social construction of the category ‘Asian American’ itself. By exploring contemporary images, they offer insightful readings and constructive directions for future work in media and communication studies. This is a very important work at the contemporary moment that does not ignore the past.”
Thomas K. Nakayama, Northeastern University

Asian Americans and the Media offers us the much needed critical tools, terminology, and historical framework for reading, deconstructing, and intervening in the politics of ambivalent representation of Asian Americans across a wide range of old and new media, from silent films to YouTube.”
Elena Tajima Creef, Wellesley College

From the Back Cover

This exciting new book provides a concise, thoughtful, and critical approach to the study of Asian Americans and the media. It introduces the complex subject of US media representations of Asian Americans and explores ways in which Asian Americans have resisted those representations, but have also reconceptualized the terrain of challenge and resistance, often through their own media productions.


In a style that is both engaging and accessible, Ono and Pham summarize key scholarship and lay theoretical groundwork to help students, scholars, and other interested readers understand their subject. The book covers representations of Asian Americans in traditional media, including print, film, music, radio, and television, as well as in newer media, primarily Internet-situated. The authors powerfully illustrate how Asian Americans had little control over their representation in early US media and what the resultant images constructed by historically dominant white society were. In this context, the book draws attention to both recurring patterns and responses by Asian Americans: today, they are creating complex, sophisticated, and imaginative self-portraits, often equipped with powerful information and education. Throughout, Ono and Pham encourage careful consideration of the relationship between media and minority groups in their historical, cultural, political, and social contexts, and envision an even more active role for Asian Americans in future media.


Asian Americans and the Media will be an ideal text for all students taking courses such as on Asian American Studies, Minorities and the Media, Media Criticism, and Race and Ethnic Studies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (December 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745642748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745642741
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Kwok on March 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Author's note: I was encouraged by a blog reader to post this here. This book was very resourceful for the following essay I wrote for class on March 8, 2010. Some rights reserved. Email me at kwok[dot]jolin[at]gmail should you like to use (parts of) it for personal publication/essay-writing, thank you.

My class blog is thisisbanal[dot]wordpress :o)

:=:

No Azns, preez:
a discourse on the absence of leading roles in Hollywood films for Asian Americans

"Wow," I say, upon reading page 51 of Asian Americans and the Media by Kent A. Ono and Vincent N. Pham. "Did you know that Asian actors could barely play their own race in Hollywood for most of the 20th century? Most of the roles for Asians have been played by Whites or anyone else but Asians."

"Well, that's because there haven't been many prominent Asian [American] actors in the industry." My boyfriend is quick to reply.

"No," I respond, "that's just what [we] don't see; doesn't mean they're not there."

He then uses the economics of demand and supply to support his argument, stating it as a matter of fact: if there were more bankable Asian and Asian American (AAA) actors, logically, we would be seeing more of them. I try to explain that it may have to do with economics, but socio-political culture has more relevance to it.

"For instance," I say. "You know The King and I (1956)?"

"Yeah," he says, "Yul Brynner, right?"

"Is not Asian. Much less Thai, and yet he's cast as King Mongkut."

"But Yul Brynner is a good actor though. Not only did he do a great job at playing the King, his facial structures are unique enough that he looks ethnically ambiguous." He looks back at his laptop.

I look at my boyfriend.
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If you live in an environment without much exposure to Asians then how do you view Asian American culture? If television and film is your only contact, then this book may need to be required reading. The exploration of how Asians are portrayed in American media is both terrible and enlightening, which you may not realize until you start reading this book!
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For some reason I found the writing style unclear. Like they didnt prove a point before running off to the next one. In a way, it is as if they didn't feel they needed to prove the point but just accept it as fact. They explain it but then do not connect it to important theorists in the field of Ethnic Studies etc so it doesnt have a grounding in a way which doesnt give the reader a sense of completeness and trust with the statements.

This is good as an overview of the themes and is in depth about yellow peril and yellow face and other key concepts and terms. But it is not as enjoyable and straightfoward as America on Film by Bernshoff etc all, which is better for a good overview of not only Asians/Asian Amers but other ethnicities, and gender and class as well. So if you want an overview go for America on Film. If you want to more in-depth go for this book... and if you have to read it for a class, then you are stuck with this book!
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I bought this for one of my classes. Our teacher had a read it but to me it was extremely dull and boring. The topic about it was intriguing but reading it was just not for me. Others might find it a good read though.
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By Lani G on October 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've read this book and borrowed from a library but wanted to have a physical copy of my own. I'm really happy to have a copy of this book.
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