Stereotypes And Stereotypes Of The Film ' The World Of Suzie Wong And Flower Drum Song ``

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Still, it can be argued that stereotypes are derived from a sliver of truth, and should not be taken seriously. For example, when asked to comment if she believed she was perpetuating stereotypes of Asian-American women, actress Nancy Kwan of The World of Suzie Wong and Flower Drum Song “has stated that she was trying to enact roles to the best of her ability and that perhaps people are reading too much into these media images” (Mok, 1998). Furthermore, at University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, Ji Hoon Park, Nadine Gabbadon, and Ariel Chernin performed a study aiming to understand the implications of racial stereotypes in comedy by analyzing audience reactions to a showing of Rush Hour 2 (2001). Their results showed viewers agreed that because it was, for example, an Asian character making a joke about Asians, it was acceptable (compared to someone White making a joke about Asians). When interviewed, Asians were quick to point out stereotypes in the film, but did not take offense to Chan’s or Zhang’s roles as a desexualized martial arts artist and a seductive and dangerous villainess, respectively. It was also noted that seeing Asians in main roles in a film was already impressive in an industry where Asians are practically invisible (Park et al., 2006).
However, harm lies in the dismissal of these stereotypes. When portrayed as humorous, stereotypes can normalize a misinterpretation of people of color, caging them in singular roles when the…

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