Media tagged Asian/Pacific Islander

King of the Hill - Model Minority

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This clip from the animated Fox television show King of the Hill aired in 2004. In it, Connie and her family are upset to hear that she has been rejected from a prestigious summer school. When her father sets up a meeting to protest this, the admissions officer informs him that Connie was not accepted because she is one of many “boatloads” of “overachieving Asians”. Connie's parents are depicted as a highly caricatured Asian-American stereotype – from their thick accents to their obsessiveness with their daughter's success in school. With that said, the show is intended to be a satire that uses humor – including ethnic humor – to point out problems of discrimination in society.

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Ludacris - Area Codes

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This music video for the song “Area Codes” by rapper Ludacris, featuring Nate Dogg, was released in 2001. The song is about the alleged numerous women dispersed across the world -- their locations indicated by their United States telephone area codes -- with whom Ludacris has either had sex with, or would be readily available for sex if he were to call. The chorus repeated throughout the song is, “I’ve got hoes, I’ve got hoes, in different area codes, area codes, area codes. I’ve got hoes.” The primary imagery of the video features Ludacris, a plane and several scantily-clad women with area codes emblazoned across their tight-fitted, cropped shirts or bikinis, dancing suggestively in high heels. The music video also features clips from Rush Hour 2, an action comedy movie starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, since the song was part of the movie’s soundtrack. During the Rush Hour 2 scenes that flash through the music video, Ludacris raps lyrics such as “I bang cock in Bangkok,” “I’m the thriller in Manilla,” “Schlong in Hong Kong.”

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Margaret Cho - All American Girl

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This is an episode of the short-lived 1994 sitcom All American Girl, starring comedian Margaret Cho. In it, Cho's character, Margaret Kim, is shown as a modern American 22-year-old who lives with her very traditional Korean immigrant family. The main themes of the series relate to conflicts between Margaret's "wild" lifestyle and her family's expectations of her. In this episode, Margaret takes Amy-- her conservative brother's fiancee, a "proper" young woman who is seen as "perfect" by the Kim family-- to a club for a night of partying before her wedding. After having so much fun at the club, Amy finds it difficult to return to her old life, much to the chagrin of Margaret's brother and the entire family.

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Memoirs of a Geisha – Hatsumomo

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Memoirs of a Geisha is an Academy Award-winning film, produced in 2005 and based on a novel by author Arthur Golden. The film follows the journey of Sayuri as she rises from her roots in a small fishing village to become one of Japan's greatest geishas (a traditional Japanese female entertainer). This clip depicts the character Hatsumomo, a well-established geisha, harassing and attacking a young Sayuri.

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Mindy Kaling’s Journey - American Express ad

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This 2015 American Express credit card company advertisement tells the story of “unlikely leading lady” Mindy Kaling. In the video, the successful Indian American actress, comedian, and writer talks about growing up discovering that she liked and had a talent for acting and comedy, and also how she carved a path forward even though she did not see anyone who looked like her in TV and film. She also talks about the stereotypical roles she was limited to play in the past, and how significant and important it is to her now to be the visibility and representativeness on screen and in the entertainment industry that was missing when she was growing up. Throughout the video, Kaling is shown being interviewed between clips of her getting ready for her day, including exercising, eating, showering and choosing clothes, driving to work, and ultimately walking onto a set to discuss how a show is being filmed. The video ends with the American Express logo and campaign tagline: the journey never stops.

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