Articles tagged with: asian representation

“Here Comes the Judge: The Dancing Itos and the Televisual Construction of the Enemy Asian Male”

on Monday, 30 May 2011. Posted in Student Notes


  • Judge Lance Ito: A third generation Japanese American son of WWII internees presided over “the most extensively covered criminal trial in U.S. history.
  • Most important item is his recognition and readability as Asian: “his figure, a stern face behind his glasses, mustache, and beard.
  • “The jokes of guests and hosts expressed a desire to investigate and expose what hid underneath the black judicial wrapper (under his robes)”
  • The Dancing Itos: A troupe of a half dozen smiling men performing standard chorus-line routines
    • Visual markers- Marked by their long black judicial robes, straight black hair parted on the side, glasses with thick lenses, and exaggerated black mustache and beard.
    • Also impersonated 1970s gay disco band the Village People and Parisienne can-can dancers

Restrictive Portrayals of Asian in the Media

on Monday, 30 May 2011. Posted in Student Notes


The American entertainment industry has defined the Asian image for many years. These portrayals have come from people who have little to no idea of how Asian culture really is. Asian Americans have been presented as antithetical to Western culture and as not belonging in their own country. Although not all films have portrayed Asians in such a light, most Hollywood projects have. Here are the most common stereotypes: