Cultural Assimilation of Asian Americans

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Big Trouble in Little China
--It is more than just a film

“Big Trouble in Little China” starts with a white American character called Jack Burton, who delivers his cargo to a small town and during some free time plays card games in a Chinese market. After beating everyone at the game, he is proposed a bet by his friend Wang, and wins. Wang, not having enough cash to pay himself, convinced Jack to pick up his girlfriend Miao Yin at the airport, promising after which he would pay what he owed. Unexpectedly, a Chinatown gang called the Lords of Death abducts Miao, because of her green eyes. She becomes essential to being able to revive an ancient Chinese sorcerer Lo Pan and bring him back to the flesh. This marks the beginning of the
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This way, the awkwardness caused by ignorance of the culture and lack of consideration would have been avoided.

Big Trouble in Little China was directed by John Carpenter, which turned out a window of how mainstream Americans perceived Chinese immigrants over 1980s. The film reinforced the stereotypes by assigning film characters personalities, costumes and behavior. Wang was very knowledgeable of traditions and the history of Lo Pan, in addition to using Chinese when talking to his friends, which referred to the stereotype that Chinese-Americans were familiar with their language and ancestral culture. Also the costumes of Thunder, Lightening and Rain, and Lo Pan and Miao in the wedding had a drastic reinforcement on Chinese traditional culture. Additionally, Jack’s bravery and adventurousness were good reinforcements of mainstream American culture. Moreover, the film employed Chinese mythology[9], ancient magic, and martial arts[10] throughout it. The story of Lo Pan, the dark magic of the Lords of Death and the Kung-Fu scenes were good examples. Overall, the film was entirely surrounded by an air of Chinese culture. It carried tremendous cultural elements. The traditional Chinese wedding scene, and maximized use of martial arts instead of firearms clearly were good instances.

“Big Trouble in Little China” reinforced
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