Hollywood Chinese is a 2007 documentary by Academy Award winner Arthur Dong that surveys the representations of Chinese and other Asian citizens throughout the history of American cinema. Topics include the general invisibility of Asians in popular films, the use of white actors to portray Asian characters, and the common stereotypes that are repeatedly associated with Asian characters in these portrayals. Dong’s film features clips from almost 100 films as well as interviews with actors, directors, and writers who have wrestled with the “tangled history of race and representation” that characterize the presence of Chinese and other Asian Americans in US cinema.
Broadcast in 2011, this segment from Good Morning America explores the controversy stirred by a J.Crew advertisement. In that ad, J. Crew’s President and creative director, Jenna Lyons, was pictured painting her young son’s toenails neon pink. The picture simultaneously sparked a backlash and significant praise regarding the unconventional performance of gender.
This clip comes from a longer documentary called “Look us in the Eye: The Old Women's Project”, that follows a group of older female activists. In this excerpt, they discuss some of the prejudices faced by older citizens, and then are documented protesting against President Bush.
This mini-documentary uploaded on Youtube features clips from Disney films as well as narration from the author and quotes from scholars. It makes a claim that Disney films help to shape male expectations about the role of women in society, such that women are seen as objects meant to serve men. It also makes an argument about particular images of masculinity – like the strong, chiseled male body that is violent – that are glorified while others are demeaned.