The Evolvement of Chinese Stereotypes Representative in Hollywood Movies

analytical Essay
1806 words
1806 words

Film, as a traditional and beloved media, has been influential on people's life. We spend time in the cinema to be entertained, touched, scared and experience romantic love story and exotic places. As one of the most famous film industry base in the world, Hollywood, produces and sell their movie products all over the world.
During the process of globalization, countries are about to understand others’ culture as well as to realize how one’s culture compares and contrasts with other. Media globalization stands for the process in which film companies deliver images of national cultures to the whole world. In fact, the process of globalization increased the number of global cinema audiences; their aesthetic is having a profound effect on the way that Hollywood films are being made. Traditionally Hollywood is unfair and pernicious in its portrayal of Asian, but things get changed. According to recent figures from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to almost 70% of the studio’s annual revenues from box office now come from international markets. Potential overseas customers nowadays determine the style, cast and characters image of a film.
However, historically reviewing the perception of Chinese in Hollywood movies, the stereotypical Chinese still have a great impact on the rest of the world to understand China.
This paper will examine 10 major Hollywood films, one per decade between 1924 and 2013; with determining how Chinese image has been portrayed and how their portrayals have changed over time. The research also includes 3 case studies; I will select three famous Chinese actors who had achieved success in Hollywood and with reviewing their careers to examine the nature of stereotypies, as well as the power bal...

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... Dir. Ewald André Dupont. British International Pictures. 1929. Film

The Bitter Tea of General Yen. Dir. Frank Capra, Columbia Pictures 1933, Film

Charlie Chan in the Secret Service Dir. Phil Rosen, Monogram Pictures 1944, Film

Battle beneath the Earth. Dir. Montgomery Tully, Reynolds-Vetter Productions Ltd. 1967, Film

Meng Long Guo Jiang. Dir. Bruce Lee, Concord Productions Inc., Golden Harvest Company 1972, Film

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu. Dir. Piers Haggard, Richard Quine, Braun Entertainment Group, Playboy Enterprises 1980, Film

The Joy luck club. Dir. Wayne Wang, Hollywood Pictures, 1993, Film

Rush Hour 3. Dir. Brett Ratner, Metropolitan Films, New Line Cinema, 2003, Film

The Green Hornet Dir. Michel Gondry, Columbia Pictures, 2011, Film

Hollywood Chinese Dir. Arthur Dong, Center for Asian American Media, DeepFocus Productions Inc., 2007, Film

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that their dissertation will examine the evolution of chinese stereotypies representative in hollywood movies from the year 1924 to contemporary time. the research question is too broad to be answered.
  • Opines that it is important to evaluate the personality characteristics of chinese people, even related to the topic of racism.
  • Analyzes how stereotypes have an impact on the audiences. as more countries watch hollywood blockbusters for entertainment, the values conveyed by these movies will impact their audience.
  • Explains that the soft power of china and globalization will be adopted in their formal writing. orientalism is another important element that affects stereotypes in movies.
  • Describes benshoff, harry m and griffin, sean. america on film: representing race, class, gender, and sexuality at the movies
  • Cites wilson, clint, gutiérrez, félix, and chao, lena.
  • Describes the hollywood chinese dir. arthur dong, center for asian american media, deepfocus productions inc., 2007.
  • Explains that hollywood produces and sells its movie products all over the world. the paper will examine how chinese image has been portrayed and how their portrayals have changed over time.
  • Analyzes how the chinese stereotypes have been changed over time and why the change will occur. political disputes and conflict in international affairs will lead to the unreasonable chinese image appearing in films.
  • Explains that the film text is the key source for analysis and for us to comprehend the concealed information. the chinese exclusion act of 1882 and immigration act of 1924 were demonstrative of occidental prejudices and fears.
  • Explains that they selected three successful chinese-american actors and reviewed their careers to better demonstrate the change in movie stereotypes.
  • Narrates the films meng long guo jiang and the fiendish plot of dr. fu manchu.
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