Asian American Characters I Want To See More Of

Hello friends, I hope you’re having a wonderful day ๐Ÿ’• And Happy May!! Can you believe we’re almost halfway through the year?!

As you may know (no pun intended), May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and so I have some posts lined up this month that fit this theme.

To start the month off, I wanted to talk a bit about Asian American characters in particular I want to see more ofโ€”in books, movies, TV shows, you name it. As negative stereotypes of Asian Americans have been around for a long time, it’s extremely important we work hard to dismantle them and introduce portraits of Asian Americans that are true reflections of their experiences and personalities.

Of course, this is not the most comprehensive list, and there are many more I can include, but these are just a few to get us thinking more about accurate representation. This is a very important topic to me, and I hope it shows!

I created all these characters with the Poicon Picrew Maker, so I hope you like them ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d love to see more Asian American families represented, and not necessarily talking about education all the time.

The Asian Americans who enjoy school but also are into movies and fandomsโ€”like me!!

High achieving Asian Americans being celebrated for it, not demeaned as a “nerd” or a “try hard”. I feel like this is something many Asian Americans wish for, myself included.

Badass Asian Americans with confidence and courage!!

The Asian Americans who may be sweet and soft but won’t let anyone take advantage of what they perceive to be their “weakness”.

Asian Americans in leadership roles who are acing it and are respected for that.

Asian Americans who love art being encouraged to pursue their passions and reflect their culture in their work.

Asian Americans who are fascinated by their culture’s more traditional values and try to apply it to their life.

I also wanted to note that many of the books I’ve read with Asian characters feature parents who are endlessly pressuring their children and demanding more than they can give. They are portrayed without much emotion or personality. This frustrates me, because not all Asian parents are that strict, and not all strict parents are Asian. Besides, considering how many Asian cultures highly prioritize family, I really want to see more of that love, especially because so many Asian parents do care for their children and demonstrate it in both the big and small ways, like any other non-Asian parent.

Also a disclaimer that obviously this all applies to Asian Americans regardless of gender. It just turned out that I used girls for all because it was easier for me to do with the Picrew maker!

I’ve talked about Asian American representation before here on my blog, and I hope I can continue discussing this topic. I felt that using the Picrews and captions was a great way to get this particular message across too. I’ve always wanted to see myself in literature, being the bibliophile I am, but I’m still on the lookout for characters I can intrinsically relate to. I have seen other bloggers talk about books with characters who they feel represent them so well, and I’m always happy to hear that! So I hope more of us can feel that way ๐Ÿคž diversity is an important topic and I love how we discuss it in the blogosphere.

Today’s post was on the shorter end, but I’m hoping to put out more posts this month!!

I hope you have a wonderful day, and definitely feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments below!!

11 Comments

  1. Yay! All those characters seem interesting to me.
    Two of my very favorite stories feature prominent Asian characters (Agents of SHIELD and The Lunar Chronicles). I think one thing some authors forget is that people aren’t defined by their race. Like, I’m white, but do I think on a daily basis “wow, I’m white.”? Uhhh, no. I guess I don’t know, but I’d be willing to bet Asians don’t think “I’m Asian,” 24/7. Like, even though we’re different races, we really aren’t different. We all have things that connect us and at the end of the day, race and culture don’t define a person.
    I hope I’m making sense. =) Have a nice day.

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    1. Aw I’m so glad Diamond!

      Melinda May is such an iconic character, and I love how she was played by the same actress who voiced Mulan in Disney’s original version. Definitely – with so many cultures in the world, our society is only enriched and even more interesting. There are always emotions, experiences, and more that connect us and we can’t forget that. While I do think culture informs a person to some degree, it shouldn’t be used to other or exoticize us from each other.

      Don’t worry, you’re making sense! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you have a great day too!

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  2. I love your picrews๐Ÿ˜† and I love this whole post! I just want to see more asians (and Asian Americans too, but I guess I wish I’d see more books featuring Asians living in, well, Asia) represented in books, and not as the side characters but the main characters!! I specifically relate to the second one, because ‘Asian nerds’ has become a bad stereotype when all people show is the ‘nerd’ without the character. Great post๐Ÿ’›

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    1. Aw thank you so much Jan!! Ah yes, there are some books with Asian-inspired settings but they’re not as common as they should be. Yes!! I love when Asian characters are properly represented and at the forefront of their story, because it proves we can have our own adventures too ๐Ÿ˜€ For sure, I’ve personally always loved learning and been proud of that, but it is frustrating how that just gets labeled as being “nerdy”. Sometimes, some forget that passion is what drives our hard work and success. Thank you again, and I hope you have a great day!

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  3. โ€œThe Asian Americans who may be sweet and soft but wonโ€™t let anyone take advantage of what they perceive to be their โ€˜weaknessโ€™โ€ ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿ‘ˆ THIS OMG. I need all of these characters in my life ASAP ๐Ÿ˜ญ I also want more Asian guys portrayed as something other than nerdy or shy or timid. Not saying those characters are bad โ€” I absolutely love soft Asian guys when theyโ€™re done well โ€” but I feel like thatโ€™s the only portrayal in the media these days. Asian guys can be dark and alluring and traditionally masculine too!!

    Lovely post Eleanor!! I love the Picrews as well ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Thank you Abby!! Aw, same here ๐Ÿ˜Š I’ve been doing research about Asian American representation in the media at school, and the trend is that Asian American men will be portrayed as intelligent but socially awkward and basically made to look “weaker” than the “average man”. Which is just…wrong. It’s so important we cover the whole spectrum of Asian guysโ€”they can be kind, mysterious, charming, protectors, leaders, and so much more!!

      Thank you again and I hope you have a lovely day ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. yes. yes. yes… ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ‘ i agree with every single character you said, i especially love all the badass ones as we don’t see many of them being portrayed in books these days. also it’s mind blowing that you made the online characters all by yourself, i could never ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ˜Š Right, we definitely need more badass Asian queens ๐Ÿ‘‘ Oh haha I just found a template online and decided on facial expressions and clothes, otherwise I have no idea how to actually make online characters ๐Ÿ˜…

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