Posts Tagged With identity

Bananas

Bananas have long been a fascination in pop culture for their bright, distinctive appearance and their ubiquity for Western consumers. They have been utilized in all kinds of lighthearted media as cartoon characters and comedic symbols. They have also often been used in propaganda, advertisements, and arts to represent sexual metaphors and exoticism. The main…

The Stereotyping of Asians in American Media

Asians in American popular culture and media have been subjected under-representation, and when rarely an appearance is made, it is often unfairly stereotyped and marginalized. These prejudices can trace their roots back to the Yellow Terror starting in the late 19th century. It must be acknowledged that a perception of the “Other” is experienced in…

The Rat Trope in Media

In this example from Ephriam S. Well’s Rough on Rats (1886) advertisement, the trope of a rat represents death, impurity, racism, and eradication. There is a large dead rat at the top of the image and a very stereotypical and racist depiction of an Asian man eating the rat. This imagery is based on anti-asian sentiments…

ART AGAINST AIDS | Dan Friedman

ART AGAINST AIDS is one of Friedman’s later works, made in 1987. This work was made for a coalition of artists and galleries to have an exhibition to raids money to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research. From what I can gather about Friedman and his personality, he most likely did this poster for…

Asian Stereotypes

Asian Americans have been presented in a variety of manners over the past several decades – from bookworms who obsess over their grades, luxury-brand obsessed business moguls, to submissive individuals who are often pushed to the background, Asian-Americans face heavy stereotypes that have become relevant in mainstream media. Despite the array of interpretations, many fail…

The Geisha Girl as a Trope in Western Media

Geishas have been a part of Japanese culture, as they fulfilled many different roles including performers, courtesans, artisans, entertainers, etc. Historically, being a geisha was considered a profession of high-status requiring thorough and extensive stages of training. Known for their particular style of makeup and traditional attire, geishas have been acknowledged as forms of art…