I Am Not a Fetish or Model Minority: Redefining What it Means to be API in Entertainment

The Geena Davis Institute unveiled a crucial study on API representation in family films, featuring insights from industry leaders and highlighting the need for authentic media portrayals.
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
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On August 3, 2021, the Geena Davis Institute hosted a landmark virtual event unveiling their inaugural study on Asian and Pacific Islander (API) representation in the highest-grossing family films in the U.S. This significant research, coupled with a comprehensive survey of API entertainment content creators, aims to drive progress toward more authentic representations in media. The event featured an impressive lineup of speakers and panelists, each bringing unique insights and expertise to the discussion.

Speakers and Panelists

Event Highlights

Key Takeaways

  1. Importance of Representation: Accurate and diverse representation of API individuals in media is crucial for combating stereotypes and fostering inclusion.
  2. Data-Driven Advocacy: The comprehensive data from the study provides a solid foundation for advocating for better representation in the entertainment industry.
  3. Collaboration is Key: Partnerships between organizations like Gold House, CAPE, and the Geena Davis Institute are essential for driving meaningful change.

Actionable Insights

  1. Content Creators: Incorporate more authentic API characters and stories in media projects to reflect the diversity of the community accurately.
  2. Industry Leaders: Utilize the data from the study to inform decision-making processes and prioritize diversity in casting and storytelling.
  3. Advocacy and Outreach: Support initiatives and organizations that promote accurate representation and work toward creating an inclusive media landscape.

The event underscored the need for ongoing efforts to ensure that media reflects the true diversity of its audience, and it set the stage for future initiatives aimed at enhancing API representation in the entertainment industry.

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