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Sunday, April 12 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Either underrepresented or misrepresented: Racial minorities on screen

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This panel examines contemporary representations of racial and ethnic minorities on TV and film, and discusses the social politics of racial identity influenced heavily by how minorities appear in media contents. Prior literature has found that popular TV shows and films are prone to misrepresentation of racial minorities. Hypersexuality, typified domestic and social roles, and stereotypical character personalities are common in popular visual media. For example minority females are often depicted in traditional gendered roles, while male characters are described as being shallow or buffoonish in character. The rapidly changing landscape of demographics has not been correctly reflected on screen either, indicating the persistent problem of underrepresentation. Albeit the explosion of visual media products due to new technologies the representation of minorities has remained a critical topic in media communication, and, therefore, needs to be investigated with frequent scholarly updates. This panel will contribute to the scholarship with discussions about contemporary cases and agendas.
Moderator: Choonghee Han, Hope College
Panelists: Choonghee Han, Hope College; Asian characters in sitcoms: Did their images improve as they took major roles?
Chetachi Egwu, Nova Southeastern University; Black Women,  Faith and Spirituality in Reality TV.
Maria A. Williams-Hawkins, Ball State University; Is the Medium the Message?: The Representation of Latinas in News Versus Entertainment Programming
Kingsley Antwi-Boasiako, Ohio University; The Image of Africans in the Western Media

Sunday April 12, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference Room 5/6

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