"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."
“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
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.