I went to the movies last week, and saw a trailer for Olympus has fallen, one of those very American movies with a president and some terrorists and some muscles. In the middle of the trailer an Asian guy (Korean according to the Wikipedia article on the movie) was introduced. And I thought “Hey… Are they gonna… No”. But yeah. Yes. Of course they did. Of course the Asian guy did it.
Not that I really expect much from one of those movies. But I suppose some naive part of me expects just a tiny bit more than this from Hollywood in 2013.
I had this crazy idea Bond villains were only still always East European, Asian or anything-but-white-European-or-American because, well, Bond movies.
I know, I’m stupid. After all, THE WAR ON TERRORISM. Protecting your country! From foreign accents! (And something specific for Asians, which I can only assume is some sort of leftover from the cold war? Right?)
Again, it’s so nice being white and Swedish and living in Sweden. If I was in a movie, I would probably not be a terrorist. Unless I looked too much like a vegan – Then they might make me a sinister animal rights activist. But apart from that…
ps. While googling the movie I found a the blog Angry Asian Man, which has more in-depth discussions (meaning they are more than brief, sarcastic commentaries) on how Asians are depicted on film and in TV series – plus other interesting stuff. Another bonus: Not told from he perspective of someone who’s “white and Swedish and living in Sweden”. You should check it out.