Asian American Identities Of Asian Americans

1380 Words Dec 15th, 2016 6 Pages
Despite the fact that Asian Americans have been in Hollywood for decades, there are very few positive representations of them in film. More often than not, they’ve been depicted as stereotypical caricatures, and more specifically, as foreigners who can’t speak grammatically correct English. Moreover, the negative representations of Asian Americans in film has perpetuated certain misconceptions about their culture. Chan is Missing (1982) calls for more genuine representations of Asian American identities through its cast of complex characters and defiance of Asian stereotypes. The film also urges its viewers to critically think about their own notions of identity through the use of several recurring themes and filmmaking techniques.
Asians aren’t represented often in Hollywood films, but when they are, they’re usually confined to stereotypes or one dimensional character traits. In Chan is Missing, however, though the characters may at first seem as black and white as the film itself, by the end, many of the characters are well developed and seem like real people. This is conveyed through the film’s simplistic cinematography as well as the casts’ naturalistic performances. The camera seems to have both an ominous third person and, at times, first person perspective. This almost documentary-like cinematography coupled with the actors’ performances make the story seem much more genuine and interesting than many conventional films. The film also punctuates the complexity of its…
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