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From FOBs to Twinkies: The Asian American Slant

by Mugino
From FOBs to Twinkies: The Asian American Slant by Mugino
While I revel in the magnificent, ground-breaking films imported from Asia, depictions of Asian Americans in cinema (and literature for that matter) seem forever trapped in its self-made cliches. The tear-jerking FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) stories, the transplanted geisha-meets-rice-king stories, the inter-generational conflict melodramas, and internment camp memoirs range from the poignant yet repetitive to the insufferably stereotypical. Is the Asian American identity so confined? Below is a list of movies that aren’t all bad but don’t give me much hope. And some of those corny titles… sigh. As for Charlie Chan, two on the list is… Read more

While I revel in the magnificent, ground-breaking films imported from Asia, depictions of Asian Americans in cinema (and literature for that matter) seem forever trapped in its self-made cliches. The tear-jerking FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) stories, the transplanted geisha-meets-rice-king stories, the inter-generational conflict melodramas, and internment camp memoirs range from the poignant yet repetitive to the insufferably stereotypical. Is the Asian American identity so confined? Below is a list of movies that aren’t all bad but don’t give me much hope. And some of those corny titles… sigh. As for Charlie Chan, two on the list is plenty!

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