Asian American Expression on YouTube
A Recap on Culture Chair Krissy's latest discussion:
How many Asian Americans do you see playing main roles on TV or movies? It is hard to find characters who you can relate to, and sometimes these characters will fall into archetypal roles. However, with the facility that YouTube creates for its users and viewers, Asian Americans have gained large audiences without resorting to large corporate teams, contracts, or signing onto agencies as a means to get big.
Whether they were bored or wanted to demonstrate their talents (comedy, special effects, music, dance, acting, etc.), the young YouTube stars of Asian descent have grown in popularity because they are real, they are creative, they break typical images, and they want to share their story, get a message across, make commentary, etc. This is something many youth can identify with and begin to understand as they go on their social networks, find and share these videos, and become motivated to find their own voice.
Whether it’s for laughs, gasps, praise, or for something with serious undertones, you can find Asian Americans gaining a voice in the media, and with that, growing popularity and influence in the community.