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Challenge, Breakthrough and Normalization: Racial Identity Negotiation for Asian American Actors with the Case of John Cho

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DOI: 10.23977/mediacr.2023.040203 | Downloads: 31 | Views: 610


Chen Qingyuan 1


1 School of Journalism and Communication, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China

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Chen Qingyuan


Asian American actors always face the issue of racial identity negotiation. Specifically, they are often depressed by the presence of films and some Asian stereotypes. However, John Cho breaks this barrier by acting as the protagonist in various genres and being regarded as one of the most representative Asian American actors. Therefore, this study analyses his career process as three stages for repositioning racial identity: subverting the Asian stereotypes, breaking the underrepresentation, and treating race as background to contribute one of the possibilities for renegotiating racial identity in the American mainstream to the research field.


Race, Identity negotiation, Asian American


Chen Qingyuan, Challenge, Breakthrough and Normalization: Racial Identity Negotiation for Asian American Actors with the Case of John Cho. Media and Communication Research (2023) Vol. 4: 11-16. DOI:


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