Stereotyping of Hispanics in Hollywood's Films Essay
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Stereotyping of Hispanics in Hollywood's Films
"[Cinema] manipulates the human psychology, sociology, religion, and morality of the people..."(Cine-Aztlan 175). I has been said to be used by capitalists and socialists as a powerful weapon in the struggle for social justice. In all the Hollywood films and documentaries about Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, none have escapes stereotypes. And it hasn't gone unnoticed. Thomas Martinez states that the "symbolic function of advertising in one level of understanding the racist implications of the mass media, especially regarding the Mexicans and Mexican-Americans"(Camplis, in Noriega 284). To completely understand Latino's struggle for liberation, the term "Raza" has come up…show more content…
So the question arises, What is the role of cinema in the struggle for Cubans to be heard? In the 1960's, radical political movements in Chicano and Puerto Rican communities took place in the U.S., influenced by the Civil Rights movement of around the same time. They did this in order to expose and emphasize the terrible treatment they'd been forced to live through, such as forced abortions as shown in the documentary, "La Operacion", or Operation Bootstrap.
American-run institutions regulated the number of births as a way to control population by sterilizing women who unknowing went through with the procedure without adequate knowledge of the entire process. Many, once tuned in to what the whole process was, would have preferred alternate methods of contraception, but after being misled, there was no turning back and thousands of children that were killed, thousands of women who had no opportunity to have another child by a government so engrossed in politics and economics that they were too busy to see any moral wrongdoing. So, Puerto Ricans, like Chicanos took a stand and exposed the injustices they had experienced by the American government, that was trying to help the country by destroying lives. This is where the Raza came in. As stated before, the Raza allows these groups to uncover the
Asian American Stereotypes in Film Essay
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Asian Americans only make up a small percent of the American population. Even more significant is that this percentage live mostly on the west and east coasts of mainland United States and Hawaii; leaving the rest of the American population to most likely get their exposures to Asians through television and movies. However the exposure they have receive throughout the history of cinematography has been hardly flattering. Throughout the course of history Asians in film have been portrayed as evil or the "yellow peril" as described by others. If Asians are not being classified as evil in this picture then they are most likely the comic relief, with their lack of coordination or grasp of the English…show more content…
Any slight mention of the Asian characters family was done in conversation without an on-screen appearance by the wife or children.
Another stereotype depicted in the film was that every Asian character spoke flawed English. Not one single person through the film had a perfect grasp of the English language. This provides the comical relief in the film as any Asian man at any time could pronounce a word wrong or use the wrong word to the bemusement of the film watchers. The broken English that is used by the Asian characters in this film seem to heighten or display the fact that the Asian characters have visible flaws. The Americans never have to display such flaws, in fact the only part of the movie where an American attempts to spoke Japanese it is completely flawless, without hesitation or pause.
A further stereotype that is used in this film is that Asian people make good managers, but are never good leaders. What this tells use is that while a person of Asian descent might know the best possible way to accomplish a goal they will never have the force or strong enough personality to get others to get the goal accomplished. The film has Asian men taking over an American plant and trying to incorporate work ethics that are highly successful over in