Erasure of Asian-Americans in Hollywood

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Ashley Sohn

soft, thoughtful, playful

publication design | illustration

BFA'21

Ashley Sohn is an Asian-American Visual Communications Designer and Illustrator from Suwanee, Georgia. She is currently based in Chicago, Illinois, and is graduating senior at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sohn describes her design practice as soft, playful, and thoughtful and creates infographics and narrative-driven designs. In her personal practice, she focuses on the history and future of Asian-Americans.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

 

The Erasure of Asian-Americans in Hollywood, demonstrates stereotypes about Asian-Americans enforced by society through specific decades.I separated my research and writing into two categories, highlighting common stereotypes and white-washing.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THIS PROJECT?

While researching the lack of authentic Asian-American representation in Hollywood, I found that the portrayal of Asian-Americans on-screen has changed from decade to decade. This change was influenced by contemporary stereotypes about Asian-Americans in U.S society This portrayal did not account for what actual Asian-Americans wanted to be. Because Hollywood continued to promote stereotypes about Asian-Americans, Asian characters were often white-washed leading to an erasure of authentic representation in Hollywood.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLASS AT SAIC?

Design for Social Change with Annie Leue