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Under-Representation of Bipoc in the Media

Growing up in America, it’s hard to see someone who looks like you on the big screen if you’re a minority. In Hollywood, exclusion of minorities is so common that many minority actors believe that they have little to no chance of ever getting cast as the lead role. Without the necessary representation on the big screens, many people in the younger generations begin to believe that they can never do the extraordinary things they see portrayed by white actors. A dominant example of this is extremely evident in the classic superhero movies. All of the mainstream tv shows about superheroes are centered around white men, leaving everyone else to question why someone who looks like them cannot be a hero. Considering how big of an influence the media has on every aspect of our everyday lives, lack of representation can change how a minority views themselves and those around them. Throughout time harsh stereotypes are placed on the minorities, making it impossible to see someone who doesn’t fit into the exact lines that Hollywood has carved out these minorities to be. In many films with Asians, the characters have heavy accents that the actors themselves may have to force and fake. They are seen as “the smart character” and are rarely the main character. It deepens the idea that Asians must be extremely intelligent, and that they cannot take positions other than specific stereotypical jobs. Without proper representation in the media, we can never educate ourselves on what life may look like for others outside of our communities.

Jackie Kwan



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