Strategies of An Asian American Filmmaker Blog Post


The article is a presentation of thoughts of an Asian American filmmaker, Loni Ding, on the common stereotyping of Asians in the field of filmmaking. In the Strategies Of An Asian American Filmmaker (1991), Loni Ding discusses the components of creating an Asian documentary as well as the potential hardships and obstacles that many Asian American filmmakers face. Ding’s article also allows us to really think about making film when it comes to making representations of Asian Americans. “I assume, for example, that they carry somewhere in their minds three common misrepresentations of Asian Americans: the common stereotypes of Asians as perpetual foreigners; as resigned, silent victims; and most recently, as successful “model minorities” who “contribute to America” (Ding, 47).


The point against stereotyping is well taken -- whoever wants to be constantly cast into a "mold?" anyway? Yet, stereotyping of Asians or Asian Americans in films continues, I guess perhaps because it is easier to do so for those writers who are less creative and with less inclination to get a better knowledge and perspective of Asian people, or Americans of Asian descent. It may also be truly a sad case of having an attitudinal problem towards Asian Americans, and this should change if America wants to truly embody the values of freedom and diversity its forefathers fought for.

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