There have been predetermined characters that those with brown skin have been provided to portray to be able to be a part of the industry — sidekicks, IT-nerds, taxi drivers, terrorists. Before the likes of Irfan Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Dev Patel caught the hearts of the West, it was people like them that created some semblance of a path for others of the diaspora to even consider a place for themselves in the Western world of film and TV. South Asian stereotypes are aplenty. When people of South Asian descent were even cast in roles they were those of the lower rung, lacklustre secondary and tertiary characters that were more of supporting or passing roles to bump up the leads or provide comic relief. Last year Penn tweeted an image of old scripts from his early years in the industry that perfectly encapsulates the kind of opportunities that were there in the industry, more so, the kind of representation, misrepresentation, in fact, that was in demand. However, there is a shift that is taking place with a growing number of South Asians coming up and creating a space for themselves without having to give up their heritage or cater to stereotypes.
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Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, but in Hollywood, they're often invisible or subject to old, tired stereotypes. Stereotypes in the media are especially harmful given that the Asian American community is woefully underrepresented on the large and small screen alike. Because of this imbalance, Asian American actors have few opportunities to counteract sweeping generalizations about their racial group. In reality, Asian Americans are far more than the geeks and geishas Hollywood would have you believe. Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong played a series of these roles in the s and contemporary actress Lucy Liu has more recently been accused of popularizing the stereotype. Wong temporarily left the United States to act in European films where she could escape being typecast as a dragon lady in Hollywood films. We are not like that.
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