|Overview||Marvel’s Shang-Chi with its Asian American superhero is an important film for Asian American representation. But is this really a cultural watershed moment or more of a marketing opportunity to ensure profit for Disney’s shareholders? Could it be exploiting the desire for more positive Asian representation? Time to buckle up as we dive into these issues in our new video, “Shang-Chi: Does the Legend Live up to the Hype?”. We talk about filmmakers and films that pushed the boundaries further and paved the way for Shang-Chi’s success – why didn’t they receive the same attention? How much does Shang-Chi really challenge Hollywood stereotypes of Asian men? A movie like Shang-Chi is overdue and a milestone for the AAPI community, but there’s still a long way to go in terms of Asian representation on the big screen!
1:01 History of Emasculation of Asian Men
2:16 Diversity and Inclusion in Hollywood
2:37 How’s Shang-Chi Doing?
2:55 He Didn’t Get to Kiss the Girl!
3:35 Strong Female Characters & The Four Quadrants
4:16 How to Market a Superhero Movie?
5:25 Asian Men in Leading Roles
5:50 Cultural Message & the Power of Media
7:00 The Evolving Definition of Male Masculinity
8:04 The Future of Asian Representation
|Publish Date||October 7, 2021|
|Reference Materials||USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative
Asian American masculinity is being increasingly celebrated. But many men still face stereotyping, by Richard Morgan, June 22, 2021, Washington Post
How Marvel’s Shang-Chi Had To “Destroy” Its Own Racist Origins, by Eric Francisco, August 26, 2021, Inverse
|For Teachers||A lesson guide for 9-12 grade teachers to discuss masculinity, Asian representation in film and cinema, and how images portrayed by the media might or might not influence the perception of Asian Americans.|
|Recommendations||Films and television series that represented Asian Americans positively or negatively
Always Be My Maybe
A Simple Favor
Better Luck Tomorrow
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Charlie Chan’s Secret
Chen is Missing
Crazy Rich Asians
Enter the Dragon
Flower Drum Song
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
Joy Luck Club
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Revenge of the Nerds
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Sound of Metal
The Big Sick
The Brides of Fu Manchu
The Green Hornet
The Green Knight
The Replacement Killers
The Wedding Banquet
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