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Ryan Choi is Dead: Ideological Representations of Asians and Asian Americans in American Superhero Comics

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This paper uses the theory of ideology to explore the portrayal of Asians and Asian Americans in superhero comics. The paper places these comics in the context of other media to explore how stereotypes and images of Asians and Asian Americans perpetuate distorted perceptions. A historical overview of Asian portrayals in superhero comics and examples of modern characters and depictions is included to provide comparative context. A content analysis of the best-selling comics over a three-month period found that Asian characters comprised 3.8% of the prominent character appearances surveyed, and were more likely to play a supporting or non-superpowered role than a lead role. This data is used to illustrate that certain ideological structures do exist in the portrayal of Asian and Asian American characters. Specifically, the sample shows that Asian characters were underrepresented and generally played supporting roles, and that attempts to diversify character lineups have not extended to the best-selling titles. However, at a qualitative level, the sample showed more positive portrayals of Asian characters and focused less on their ethnicity as a sole source of identification.

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Carr, Bryan. "Ryan Choi is Dead: Ideological Representations of Asians and Asian Americans in American Superhero Comics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Renaissance Grand & Suites Hotel, St. Louis, MO, Aug 10, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p519571_index.html>

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Carr, B. , 2011-08-10 "Ryan Choi is Dead: Ideological Representations of Asians and Asian Americans in American Superhero Comics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Renaissance Grand & Suites Hotel, St. Louis, MO Online <PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p519571_index.html

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Abstract: This paper uses the theory of ideology to explore the portrayal of Asians and Asian Americans in superhero comics. The paper places these comics in the context of other media to explore how stereotypes and images of Asians and Asian Americans perpetuate distorted perceptions. A historical overview of Asian portrayals in superhero comics and examples of modern characters and depictions is included to provide comparative context. A content analysis of the best-selling comics over a three-month period found that Asian characters comprised 3.8% of the prominent character appearances surveyed, and were more likely to play a supporting or non-superpowered role than a lead role. This data is used to illustrate that certain ideological structures do exist in the portrayal of Asian and Asian American characters. Specifically, the sample shows that Asian characters were underrepresented and generally played supporting roles, and that attempts to diversify character lineups have not extended to the best-selling titles. However, at a qualitative level, the sample showed more positive portrayals of Asian characters and focused less on their ethnicity as a sole source of identification.


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