Hollywood (and media corporations) still biased against Asians

I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but after watching this Wong Fu movie:


I realized how Wong Fu works so hard to make good movies, and yet Hollywood doesn’t pay attention to them. Why does Hollywood and other media corporations have such a strong bias and hate towards representing Asians, especially Asian guys??

Edit: even PBS covered the topic here:

I know I’ve addressed this before, and I know I said the trend of Asian girls dating white guys is partly Asian guys fault, but this bears repeating. Doesn’t matter where, San Francisco, Toronto, New York, Vancouver, you will always see more Asian female – white male couples than Asian guy – white female couples. Or in Asia itself, white guys are always seen as the smarter, more handsome, more powerful and wealthy race, compared to Asians, where in Japan and Korea, English speakers are worshipped as being superior, or in China, where businesses can actually rent white people to be their spokesperson (Don’t believe me? Google it).

It’s insane and unfair, and the media has a big part to play in this, especially US’s global influence. Let’s set aside the fact that 99% of video games has a non-Asian guy as the main character, or that Japanese Anime often contain white characters as the protagonist, or in TV Shows, where again, Asian guys don’t get lead roles, and focus on movies for now.

I’m going to focus on Hollywood movies that I’ve seen, that has a bias towards Asian guys or Asian women. Feel free to add more that I haven’t seen.

Karate Kid II (1984)
Old Asian man as a mentor, young white kid that is learning Karate, a martial art perfected by the Japanese. In addition, his love interest in this movie is Japanese. Why couldn’t the lead be Asian??? because Hollywood is racist.

Kung fu (TV series) (1972)
I know this is a TV series, but this matters because Bruce Lee was supposed to star in this movie, but couldn’t because Hollywood decided he was too Asian, and got a white guy to play the role. Cmon, it’s Bruce Lee!! He acted in the Green Hornet, and even then Hollywood had to put a mask over him so white people can’t see that he’s Asian. Unbelievable.

Shanghai Knights (2003)
Owen Wilson falls in love with Fann Wong, the beautiful Asian female that’s supposed to be Jackie Chan’s sister in the movie. There are actually lots of scenes where Owen has fantasies about her. Yeah… Ever seen that happen with an Asian guy and white female?? I don’t think so.

The Social Network (2010)
In this movie, Eduardo Saverin’s gf is an Asian girl, and there’s even a scene where they make out in the bathroom stall. Another classic case of yellow fever.

Cypher (2002)
Main guy is white, main girl is Lucy Liu. Do I really need to explain what happens? Yes.. she becomes his main love interest. Yes, they kiss at the end. I can probably say that for the majority of Lucy Liu, Brenda Song and Jamie Chung movies.

Wayne’s World (1992)
In this classic movie, Wayne’s love interest Cassandra, is (of course) Asian. And he even speaks horrible Cantonese in the movie to try and seduce her. Gaaah.

The Last Airbender (2010)
The cartoon is based on an Asian monk. The main character in this movie is cast by a white guy. Nuff said.

21 (2008)
They had to take a british actor and train him with an American accent to play the main character in this movie, which originally was based on an Asian-American guy (who had no accent). Crazy.

Charlie’s Angels (2000)
They changed the third Angel to be an Asian girl (Lucy Liu) and had her boyfriend be white (Joey from Friends).

Dragonball Evo (2009)
Again, character is based on a Japanese Anime with Asian characters, yet the main character Goku is portrayed by a white guy in this movie, yet his wife Chi-chi is inexplicably Asian.

Pacific Rim (2013)
The main character is white, the co-pilot is a Japanese girl. And this whole film is based on Gundam, a Japanese series. So why couldn’t the main character be an Asian guy??? Again, Hollywood’s racist.

The Hangover (whole series)
I think I already talked about this movie, but again: the main Asian guy in this movie is just ugly and obnoxious. And I’m sure Hollywood wanted it that way. (Ken Jeong actually has no Asian accent in real life). And also, one the main characters in the movie (Stu) has an Asian wife.

Looper (2012)
Bruce Willis gets into a bar fight with a Chinese girl and they immediately have sex after. Sounds like something Hollywood came up with…

Limitless (2011)
The same thing happens in Limitless, the main white guy gets into a verbal fight with his Asian housemate and they immediately have sex after. Seriously, what the heck.

Pocahontas (1995)
Pocahontas, who is Asian-looking, gets saved and falls in love with John Smith, the typical white American hero.

The Last Samurai (2003)
Tom Cruise is (ridiculous) the Last Samurai. Note that Samurai is a Japanese social class. Anyways, he is the last one, and he kills the evil Japanese warlord, and (of course) falls in love with his Japanese wife.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
In this classic film, Mickey Rooney plays as I.Y. Yunioshi, complete with buck teeth, and other makeup to make him look Asian. Disgusting.

Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010)
The main character’s love interest in the beginning is a Chinese schoolgirl. She falls hopelessly in love with him. And she later becomes his partner.

King of Fighters (2010)
Just look at this cast:
Sean Faris as Kyo Kusanagi, a Japanese-American motorcycle enthusiast and the son of martial artist Saisyu Kusanagi.
Need I say more? And obviously the girls in the film who are supposed to be Asian do look Asian. But not poor Kyo, a victim of the Hollywood Asian-guy-replaced-by-white-guy role.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
The kissing scene with Harry Potter and Cho Chang. They made them do that like 10 times. I know J.K Rowling wrote it this way, but still… why couldn’t this be ignored? Hollywood has no problem replacing Asian guys with white men, but when it comes to love scenes, they have no problem keeping the girl Asian.

And I’m just touching the tip of the iceberg here. Bruce Lee originally wanted to fight against this racism and bias against Asians in Hollywood but sadly he died before he could change Asian stereotypes. There are countless movies and shows where either 1) Asian guy is shown as weak, weird or heavy accent, 2) Asian girl is portrayed as love interest for white guy or 3) Asian guy role is replaced by a white guy in acting. They continue to make these to this day (Pacific Rim, Hangover Part III) So… feel free to add to this list in the comments. And leave your opinions on this 🙂


3 responses to “Hollywood (and media corporations) still biased against Asians”

  1. I watched a “how it was made” on Pacific Rim and the creators said that they wanted to start a genre of western mecha, which means that the main character shouldn’t be Japanese, but I guess they decided that they needed to acknowledge Japan. Personally, I wonder why they couldn’t have gotten an Asian guy and made a bromance instead…

    I just glanced quickly at Wong Fu’s website and saw that they are an independent film company. It’s possible that they actually just don’t want any attention from Hollywood, but I wouldn’t know for sure. And I’m not sure about the rest of the country, but I do know that lots of people are angry over the fact that Goku was not Asian and it is generally agreed upon that that was one of the reasons that Dragonball Evo was such a bad movie. Unfortunately, Hollywood hasn’t caught on yet.

    Part of the problem is certainly Asian people valuing white people over themselves! (Of course, I might be a bad example, because I’m dating a white guy, but I know that has nothing to do with the fact that he’s white.) It’s been the same way since WWII, when women who slept with white soldiers became “more valued” afterward. My Taiwanese friend told me that Americans (including Asian Americans – being white is unnecessary) who speak bad Chinese at bars in Taiwan get a lot of attention. (He told me that I couldn’t try because my Chinese is too good.) But really, it goes to show that they need a bit more pride in their heritage!

    But as all the political scientists commented during the last presidential election, the white population is shrinking and the Latino (and Asians, just not as much as Latinos) are increasing. Latinos also are cast poorly in Hollywood movies – if they’re not drug lords, then they’re dirty laborers. As American demographics change, hopefully its movies will follow suit.

  2. Totally agree. I’m fed up with the fact that people think I’m not American if I’m not white. “But you look Asian.” “Yeah, so? Do I need to be white to be considered a real American?”

  3. Sorry I couldn’t not point out that whilst you are right – there is massive acceptable racism against asians throughout the USA, and the West (whilst it’s taboo to be even slightly racist against other “races”) – so many of your examples of racist movies are just flat out idiotic and you really need to take some time to study critical thinking etc, and educate yourself. Karate Kid ? The entire point is it’s an East meets West movie, marketed for a mostly white audience where the main villain if I recall is WHITE. The villains of The Last Samurai are Western powers with the main villain being, again, a WHITE guy: Tom Cruise actually sets out to save the degenerate, inferior asian culture, which is Hollywood revisionist history.

    Take a step back, your inability to critically interact with text prevents you from making any remotely ok points, and this can only help racism as people will assume other people warning of anti-asian racism are just as vapid as you are. Please learn from this and do not take offence.

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