- Historical base to subject matter
- Transition explaining how the history affected current media/Thesis
- Explaining further with ethos
- Introduction and summary of film Crazy Rich Asians
- Analysis of film with ethos and logos/Thesis about film
- Introduction and explanation of another thesis
- Personal experience relating to thesis/ Pathos
- Introduction to Asian immigrant topic with ethos
- Transition into Fresh off the Boat analysis
- Further criticism of film with some ethos
- Specific examples in show that proves thesis
- Gives a opposing view and “debates” with that
- Summarizes all point made throughout analysis
Chau’s piece is a deep analysis on films and events that depict and affect the Asian community. The piece begins with the history of Chinese immigration to California for railroad jobs. Many Americans didn’t like this Chinese “takeover” and it led to exclusionary laws and mockery of Chinese people. Because of this, their personality and work ethic was stereotyped as weird and overly ambitious and the media played a part in displaying this. As time goes on more Asians are on the screen and producing, but instead of telling authentic stories the films feed into stereotypes in hope to increase viewership. Chau then introduces a brief summary of Crazy Rich Asians; while the representation of Asian actors was great, it was not an accurate depiction of Singapore people, where the film majorly takes place. The film also “reinforces negative stereotypes about Asian materialism” and that Asians and Americans are too different to get along. Next Chau gives a personal account on being a Chinese-Born American. Chau was made fun of for what people believed he ate (e.g. dogs) and other ignorant assumptions people made based off of stereotypes fed to them. In analyzing the Fresh Off the Boat series, Chau explains how all representation is good or accurate representation. The series was meant to be an account of someone’s personal experiences but was changed to be what producers felt was more entertaining and “American”. To conclude, although there are no longer discriminatory laws, the stereotypes remain and are depicted in films and media today.
Chau starts off with a historical background. I think this was very effective. In my own writing I probably would have done an introduction paragraph and then started the body with the history but I like this formatting better; it is sort of chronological. From there it merges into how the media was affected by this and I think that the transition was so seamless and perfectly introduced the thesis. Next is the use of ethos and it does add some legitimacy to what Chau is claiming. Then there is a spot on summary of Crazy Rich Asians. From watching it myself I know it is a really long movie and it was a really good job of summarizing it and still shining a light on the parts that are relevant to the topic. After analyzing the film, Chau introduces another thesis that is relevant but different. The addition of a personal story was a great transition into the next topic. It was kind of a break from all the analyzing and I got to know the effects of the stereotypes on a more intimate level. Then comes the topic and analysis of Fresh Off the Boat and Chau kind of uses the same formatting as with the Crazy Rich Asians analysis. There is a consistent use of examples to support the claim and then an opposing view is debunked and I really liked that part because it kind of answers a question the audience may have. The conclusion was very subtle and really ended off things well.