On this week’s episode of the podcast, we are talking about Asian stereotypes in western media. Specifically, the way Asian women are portrayed on screen. Asian women are often hyper-sexualized and fetishized in western media. Who first wrote these gross misrepresentations and how far back does it go? There are a few films that may shock you when you first realize they have characters like this but hopefully going forward, you will be able to spot characters like this that somehow continue to be written in 2022. The consequences of these prejudicial depictions result in real life harm.
With the significant rise of AAPI hate crimes in 2020 we turn to the media and their portrayal of Asian women to look for answers. Could there be a link between the fetishization of Asian women and the way the media depicts them? The answer is undoubtedly yes. Even while making this podcast episode, two Asian women were murdered within two weeks of each other. 35-year-old Christina Yuna Lee was followed home and killed in her own apartment. 40-year-old Michelle Alyssa Go was waiting to catch a train, when a man pushed her onto the tracks. This understandably has caused an immense outpour of grief but also fear.
This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing fellow Glendale Community College student Christine Ryan, who is a 24-year-old half Korean and half white woman. I was able to ask her a few questions about this issue and it’s direct impact on someone who has experienced racial biases first hand. We discussed the media’s harm, the objectification of Asian women, education and smashing the patriarchy. Although I wasn’t able to interview her in person, I was able to get written quotes that I will be reading out loud.
This was my first time ever recording a podcast, so I hope you enjoy it and I can’t wait to improve more over time.