Nancy Wang Yuen: Reel Inequality

It’s hard to deny stories. And I think that’s why stories are so important. And that’s why qualitative research is so important.
Nancy Yuen

Nancy Wang Yuen discusses her book Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism with Chris Richardson. She is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Sociology Department at Biola University. She is the author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism (2016), the first book to examine the barriers actors of color face in Hollywood and how they creatively challenge stereotypes. Along with a team of researchers, she pioneered the first study of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on television (2005/2006) and the 2017 study, Tokens on the Small Screen: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Prime Time and Streaming Television. Dr. Yuen is an expert speaker on race and media, appearing on BBC World TV, NPR and The Washington Post. 

 

RECOMMENDED READINGS

These are two important collections of essays on representations of race and racial difference in media. The first centers on how colorblind ideology pervades television. The second draws from sociological perspectives in examining racism in media. 

This is one of the key modern sociological texts on color-blind racism in the United States. 

 

In this book, Monica White Ndounou provides a detailed examination of the structural and economic exclusionary practices that underpin racism in Hollywood film production and distribution.

Tokens on the Small Screen: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Prime Time and Streaming Television

My 2017 report, on the current state of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Television. We examine broadcast, cable, and digital platform television shows in the 2015–2016 season to measure the number of AAPI series regulars and how they fare in settings, screen time, relationships, stereotypes, and storylines. It is free to download and share.