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“A worthwhile effort.” –The Hindustan Times “Children and Television provides a detailed description of the patterns of representation of different groups on children's television programs (including commercial broadcast, public broadcast, and cable) and their potential consequences for the development of people's worldviews. … Children and Television is a readable and interesting introduction to research on children and television by scholars in a variety of social science disciplines as well as media professions.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media “There is much in this collection of 22 essays which will be of interest to anyone concerned with understanding children's interaction with television.” –Media Development “The issues addressed in Children and Television, are of critical importance to us at PBS. Congratulations on completing this thoughtful work. We ...

They're So Cute When They're Young: The Asian-American Child on Television
They're so cute when they're young: The Asian-American child on television
Controlling Images

The purpose of this chapter is to examine the representation of the Asian-American child on independent and network television programs. It will be argued that the Asian-American child as portrayed on television is but one of many “controlling images” that are applied to Asian Americans in general. The “evil genius,” “benign mystic,” “sidekick,” “helping professional,” and “newscaster” (female only) are other common examples of controlling images that are part of the Asian-American child's socialization experience. More specifically, the Asian-American child as a television “type” is often used to advance a host of social meanings that are largely congruent with the dominant liberal democratic ...

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