The Evolvement of Chinese Stereotypes Representative in Hollywood Movies

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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... ... middle of paper ... ... 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

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