The great Hollywood whitewashing

Producers of a new Hollywood film called The Great Wall boasted about the movie’s large cast of Chinese actors. But the movie still focused on a white protagonist played by actor Matt Damon, and it fails to develop its Asian characters. “This ‘whitewashing’ issue continues to plague Hollywood, though not from the lack of acknowledgement: […]

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Long Beach film artists respond to lack of diversity at the Oscars

Next Sunday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host its 87th Academy Awards. But with Twitter hashtags like #OscarsSoWhite gaining more and more popularity, some in the movie industry are concerned about the lack of diversity in the awards show, and among its nominees. A youth reporter spoke with artists, actors and filmmakers from Long […]

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The struggle to love my body

Young women have to struggle to resist comparing themselves with the standard female form portrayed in magazines, and the words used to describe different shapes and sizes.  “I love that I have a body that is naturally curvaceous.  I know a lot of women aren’t comfortable being nude, but I love being nude, because I […]

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Where Are Asian Americans in the Media?

Americans with Asian backgrounds feel like an “invisible race,” says Voicewaves youth journalist John Oliver Santiago. In television and film, Asian cultures are blended into one, as Asians are relegated to kung-fu action roles, quirky ‘fish out of water’ plots, and cultural stereotypes. John Oliver critiques popular media culture’s representation of Asian Americans here.

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