Asians in Hollywood

Hollywood plays a big role in defining the cultural narrative. For Asian men, that means being emasculated and shown as undesirable. For Asian women, that means being fetishized and shown as submissive. Asians were relegated to the sidekick or the ugly villain, never the lead role [1].

These painful, humiliating images continue to go unchecked in American cinematic history.

Oddjob - GoldfingerOddjob - Goldfinger

Gogo Yubari - Kill BillGogo Yubari - Kill Bill

Uli - Die HardUli - Die Hard

Lo Pan - Big Trouble in ChinaLo Pan - Big Trouble in China

Chong Li - BloodsportChong Li - Bloodsport

Mr Yunioshi (Played by Mickey Rooney) - Breakfast at Tiffany’sMr Yunioshi (Played by Mickey Rooney) - Breakfast at Tiffany’s


[1] That is until 2018’s Crazy Rich Asians broke Hollywood’s bamboo ceiling.

January 13, 2021

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