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Asians in Media, Character Depictions and Social Representation of

  • By: Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz
  • In: Encyclopedia of Media Violence
  • Edited by: Matthew S. Eastin
  • Subject:Mass Communication, Aggression & Violence, Violence & Society

Research documenting the portrayals of Asians in U.S. media has demonstrated a consistent link between representations of Asians and media violence. Asians have historically been exoticized and villainized in entertainment and news media. The characterization of Asians as villains and terrorists and as less civilized than other characters has tied this ethnic group to images of media violence. The social representation of Asians in U.S. media is of import because media effects research has demonstrated a relationship between viewing media stereotypes and real-world beliefs about racial and ethnic groups. This entry provides an overview of media stereotypes of Asians that are tied to imagery of media violence.

Media Representations of Asians

The continent of Asia includes a diversity of cultures, and Asians as a group are ...

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