Connecting Stereotypes of South Asians in the American Media to South Asian Teenagers’ Internalized Racism
Keywords:South Asian, stereotypes, internalized racism, self-stereotyping, media
2020 put the entire world upside down in its call for racial equity and justice. During these unveiling times, minorities in America have come forward in protest of racial and ethnic stereotypes which Hollywood still plays into. This research paper capitalized on the removal and protest of these characters and dove more specifically into South Asian stereotypes which have been reinforced by television show and movie characters. The claim in these cries of disapproval for these stereotypes was that it caused internalized racism in people who were brought up watching these stereotypes forced upon them. As building a body of knowledge progressed, the unmade connection of stereotypes to internalized racism in formal research became apparent, and therefore the research paper intended to see if there was a correlation between South Asian stereotypes and internalized racism. In order to identify internalized racism among South Asian teenagers, an open-ended survey was used as a method, followed by a mixed analysis to identify self-stereotyping indicators which would denote internalized racism. The research in the end did find a staunch correlation between the South Asian stereotypes and internalized racism in today’s South Asian teenagers. While today’s teenagers cannot rid themselves of the stereotypes already imposed on them, future South Asian children might possibly have accurate and fair representation in subsequent years.
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