ERIC Number: ED071442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jan-8
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FCC Oral Arguments of the Chinese Media Committee.
Fong, Katheryn M.
Monitoring of television programs has revealed that few programs present Chinese characters. The Chinese which are represented in television shows perpetuate stereotypes: either pig-tailed hatchet-killers or the clever, intelligent Charlie Chan. The networks have ignored both the large body of Chinese myths and the contribution of Chinese in American, e.g., building the railroads. Broadcasters have failed to perform public ascertainment within ethnic communities and rationalize this shirking of responsibility by reviving the placid stereotype of Charlie Chan. This stereotype keeps Chinese in their place in white society by not allowing Chinese to behave aggressively or outspokenly. San Francisco has the largest Chinese community in proportion to its total population (8.2%), but even here no responsible programing on China has been shown. Correspondence between the Chinese Media Committee and CBS Television is appended in regard to two CBS programs, "Anna and the King" and ""The Chan Clan." CBS replies that Asian-Americans were consulted in preparing the programs. (JK)
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Authoring Institution: Chinese for Affirmative Action, San Francisco, CA. Chinese Media Committee.
Identifiers - Location: California (San Francisco)