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Is Hollywood trying to correct a long history of racial stereotyping?

With the recent release of films like Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians, is Hollywood starting to correct decades of ethnic diversity oversight or trying to cash in on changing values in American society?
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Hollywood is trying to correct its history... and failing
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A small step, but nothing new
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Hollywood is just trying to cash in on a societal shift towards equality
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I believe they are trying to empower newer generations and all races.
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I think they are trying to have more diverse characters.
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Hollywood is trying to correct its history... and failing

In 2016 despite making up 4.8% of the overall population of the United States, Asian-Americans made up the most regular theatre goers, attending a cinema on average 6.1 times. However, considering this, there remains a distinct lack of representation of accurate Asian or indeed Asian-American ethnic groups in Hollywood films. Films such as Crazy Rich Asians have recently been marketed as great landmark representations of modern Asian culture, as it was the first Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast and an Asian-American lead in 25 years. Nevertheless, if films such as this are an attempt to fill this gap then it is a strange choice, as Crazy Rich Asians effectively addresses lack of cultural diversity in American cinema by documenting another type of monoculturalism in a different region.

The film has been criticised as being a Sino-centric Singaporean film, with all non-Chinese characters relegated to service roles, which is not representative of Singaporeans or Singaporean culture. This is a common theme in Hollywood's new diversity trend, with most of the diverse cast members occupying roles as backing actors while lead roles are still dominated by white men. Furthermore Crazy Rich Asians has also been criticised for breaking old Hollywood stereotypes of Asian actors as a "tech geek" or "martial arts expert", but instead just builds a plethora of new stereotypes for the Singaporean-Chinese community that will probably become just as tired in time.

aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/crazy-rich-asians-return-sham-east-asia-180829064300724.html factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF thewrap.com/asian-americans-biggest-moviegoers-ethnic-group-2016 bustle.com/p/this-2017-hollywood-diversity-trend-may-be-progress-but-its-not-nearly-enough-71642 theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/03/crazy-rich-asians-racial-stereotypes

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https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/crazy-rich-asians-return-sham-east-asia-180829064300724.html https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF https://www.thewrap.com/asian-americans-biggest-moviegoers-ethnic-group-2016/ https://www.bustle.com/p/this-2017-hollywood-diversity-trend-may-be-progress-but-its-not-nearly-enough-71642 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/03/crazy-rich-asians-racial-stereotypes

A small step, but nothing new

Although Crazy Rich Asians was lorded for an all Asian film distributed by a Hollywood production company, films like this are actually well-trodden territory for Hollywood. This is nothing new, and the media and journalist seem to have a short memory as in only 2006 Letters from Iwo Jima was a full cast Japanese film directed by Clint Eastwood. Likewise just the year before Memoirs of a Geisha was one of the highest grossing and notable films of the year with an all Asian cast, for a story set in Japan. So while recent films with a diverse cast have been held in high regard for their diversity, this is actually just a relatively small step in the right direction, just another small step away from Hollywood's long history of whitewashing and Americanising adaptions of foreign stories and literature.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Joy_Luck_Club_(film) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoirs_of_a_Geisha_(film) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letters_from_Iwo_Jima

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Hollywood is just trying to cash in on a societal shift towards equality

Hollywood has a long history of pigeonholing, racial stereotyping and oversight concerning racial demographics. Following the backlash against famous whitewashing criticism aimed at recent remakes of foreign classics, such as the 2017 Ghost in the Shell rehash, Hollywood is trying a change of approach by funding more ethnically diverse story-lines and culturally accurate productions. The benefit is arguably Hollywood’s though, as they are simply trying to cash in on changing attitudes and a more ethnically diverse audience, making this just a new form of Hollywood exploitation. Studies have shown that diversity in a films casting helps to sell films at the box office.

theguardian.com/film/2017/jun/21/diversity-hollywood-casting-box-office-study choice.npr.org/index.html?origin=https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/02/28/389259335/diversity-sells-but-hollywood-remains-overwhelmingly-white-male

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I believe they are trying to empower newer generations and all races.

i believe Hollywood is trying to empower people and show that ANYONE can be who they want to be if they try hard enough and are willing to do the work. I think they are trying to show that not only can any one of any race can do what they put their hearts to but also that people of all shapes sizes and ages.

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I believe Hollywood is trying to empower people and show that ANYONE can be who they want to be, if they try hard enough and are willing to do the work. I think they are trying to show that not only can anyone of any race do what they put their hearts into, but also that people of all shapes, sizes and ages are capable also. This is a great step towards celebration of diversity in Hollywood for future generations to gain a more open minded world view.

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I agree, because I think that Hollywood is being very careful with stereotypes because nowadays they are more recognized.

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I agree, as I think that Hollywood is being very careful with stereotypes because nowadays differences in culture are more recognised and respected. They are slowly trying to address the lack of accurate representation of minority American cultures in movies, depicting diverse characters in a more varied array of story-lines and roles. This will hopefully be a step towards more varied and more accurate representations in the future.

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Because the filmmakers are trying to get rid of racism and tell everyone that you are beautiful no matter what your skin color is and whatever your culture is.

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Hollywood filmmakers are trying to get rid of racism by sending the message that everyone is beautiful no matter what your skin colour they are or what culture they belong to. Filmmakers recognise the massive impact films have on society and are attempting to change that to a more positive impact recently.

I think they are trying to have more diverse characters.

I think that they are trying to have more diverse characters and represent more groups of people so more people. Discrimination, racism and stereotypes are called out more and are fought with.

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I think that they are trying to have more diverse characters and represent more groups of people, so that more people go to watch Hollywood films. Discrimination, racism and stereotypes are called out more and are more often fought against in recent times. If Hollywood does not follow such trends it will inevitably lose viewership to more modern forms of media such as the Internet and independent films. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/movies/the-oscars-new-diversity-rules-show-hollywood-is-inching-in-the-right-direction/ar-BB18RMiX
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