Hi Meltingpot Readers,
Did I tell you I'm teaching a class called Race and Racism in the News? I'm loving it and my students are too. We are having some great conversations in the class about race and stereotypes and the media's role in perpetuating those stereotypes. Currently we are talking about Asian-Americans and how limited the coverage of Asian-Americans is in the mainstream media as well as in Hollywood.
The one Asian-American in my class (yes, there's only one out of 36) is Filipino, and he has shared a lot of his personal experiences to demonstrate just how annoying/insidious stereotypes about Asians in America are. One pet peeve of his was that people don't think Asian-Americans can sing. At all. Yet as a Filipino, he informed us that so many Filipinos sing and that singing is really important in the Filipino culture. To wit, he pointed out that the hottest singing sensation in the world right now is 18-year-old super voice Charice Pempengco. If you haven't heard of her check her out on the Ellen DeGeneres show:
And that was kind of awhile ago. She's now a frequent cast member on Glee and people, she's hot all over Asia and Europe. We're just slow catching up over here. Surprise. To learn more about Charise, check out her website.