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Ever since Asian Americans had arrived in the United States they had also been conceptually misrepresented and interpretive The general misconception and way of thinking is often that all Asians look the same Yet when distinctions are made between the ethnic groups they are usually indistinguishable generalizations or ruthless definitions When Americans usually see a human being with slanted eyes they automatically assume that person is Chinese If not Chinese they would call them by their stereotypical names such as flips gooks chinks etc They may not know it but these miscontraceptions hurt Asian Americans More recently Abercrombie and Fitch a popular department store has taunted the image of Asians by saying that all Asians own laundry stores In their quest to change and ultimately eliminate these misconceptions Asian American writers actors athletes and artists have worked their way into the mainstream media of the United States to portray positive and accurate images of Asian Americans and finding their own ways to express how they feel about being Asian American Coincidentally the past decade has emerged into a full-blown Asian epidemic in America due to the growing popularity of famous and rising Asian American entertainers For example actors and actresses such as Rick Yune Nicole Bilderback Kelly Hu and Lucy Liu are in high demand right now In Portraits of Asian-Pacific Americans by Kim Sakamoto Steidl stated the entertainment industry has become more sensitive to these ethnic stereotypes One purpose of having racially diverse actors is to educate people about the negative effects of these stereotypes and to insure that Asian Americans have access to a range of acting rolesp63 Mako a 30-year-old veteran of stage film and television was nominated for an Oscar as best supporting actor His performance in the film The Wash was a strong and realistic portrayal of an aging Japanese American man facing serious family problems Frances Ngyuen came to Hollywood in 1956 and three decades later found herself
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