Pop Goes the Culture:
The History of Asians in American Pop Culture
Presented by Gil Asakawa
In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Tuesday, May 31
7 pm
via Zoom

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In the pre-talkie early years of Hollywood, two of the biggest silent movie stars, Sessue Hayakawa and Anna May Wong were Asian. Portrayed as exotic and inscrutable, these stars graced the silver screen with great success. But suddenly and within a short period of time, all the major Hollywood movie studios began hiring white actors instead of actual Asians and gave them the “yellowface” treatment with taped-back eyes and makeup. Fast-forward to today, and Asians have attained an amazing level of stardom and success both on TV and the big screen. How, when and why did all those cultural shifts come about?  This presentation covers more than a century of how Asians have been portrayed in Hollywood, on commercials, and on stage.

Gil Asakawa is a journalist, editor, author and blogger who covers Japan, Japanese American, Asian American and Pacific Islander cultural and social justice issues.

Presented in partnership with the Cary, Wayland and Ashland libraries