The public often regards the Asian male as feminine and passive due to the images portrayed in the mainstream media. There are also the stereotypes of Asians being intelligent but not athletic and unable to compete at a high level because of their physiological make up (slow and short). Whenever conversations or images of race and sports arise, it almost always centers around the African American and white community. Almost no movie focusing on sports made the star actor, or even a role player, of Asian decent. If an Asian actor is chosen to play a member of the team, movie directors always make sure to show him at the end of the bench cheering excitedly. Asians are meant to dominate the classroom, are supposed to be happy just to be part of a sports team, and are responsible for holding up the team GPA. However, there has been a recent emergence of the Asian American athlete in the sporting world. Thus, it is important to examine certain questions like will sports stars change the image of the Asian Americans? Can sports reverse the stereotypes in movies and television shows? Can Asians only assert themselves as athletes when a dominant football player, homerun hitter, or skilled point guard surfaces?
There is no Jackie Robinson or Roberto Clemente figure for Asians in athletics. Se Ri Pak is the athlete whom I most associate with this type of revolutionary impact. Women’s professional golf, however, is not one
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