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Asian Americans in the media August 29, 2006

Posted by peterong in Asian American.

I wonder how this plays out in the way Asian Americans are seen in the mainline Christian community as outsiders and not innovators. Every Christian conference or training seminar I have been to rarely has an Asian American representative…we are almost invisible or a non-issue in this area, as if we have nothing to contribute to this. I believe that there are prominent and innovative Asian American men and women who have much to offer with both broader approaches to ministry as well as nuanced and particular narratives that capture the contextual aspect of the Asian American church. I remember that for a time, I felt like the token Asian American in meetings and in some ways brought a wave of celebrity that seemed a bit unwarranted. As I think more about the Asian American Emergent conversation that DJ Huang is developing, I feel we are making strides towards bringing to the forefront the gifted voices of leaders out there. I am hopeful.

Well ’nuff of that here is an article from Hyphen Blog

Asian Americans not ready for prime time

A report from the Asian American Justice Center and it says that Asian Pacific American regular characters on network prime time television have not significantly increased over the last two years, since the group’s last report.

Click here to download the report.


Click here to download the 2004 study.

Highlights from the report:

APIAs comprise only 2.6% of all prime time television regulars.

Among the 102 prime time programs, only 14 feature at least one APIA regular, and only one program (ABC’s Lost) includes more than one. These numbers are similar to the 2004 season.

APIA regulars remain absent from shows set in heavily APIA-populated cities such as Los Angeles and New York.

While missing from 2004 prime time situational comedies, APIA actors are featured on three sitcoms in the 2005 season: Hot Properties (ABC), That ‘70s Show (FOX), and Half and Half (UPN).

In contrast to 2004, APIA regulars in the 2005 season are just as likely as their non-APIA counterparts to be involved in intimate relationships.

In general, APIA actors feature less prominently than non-APIA actors as indicated by significantly lower screen time.

In contrast to 2004 when APIA men fared better than APIA women in character prominence and quality, the 2005 prime time lineup reveals a reversal of this trend.

Despite improvements in character prominence and quality, the lack of numerical representation renders APIAs largely invisible on prime time television.

No suprises in this report, which says some strides have been made and singles out Lost and Grey’s Anatomy for featuring the most realistic Asian American characters.


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