I’ve just finished selecting artwork for an ESL textbook from a picture catalog. The pictures were rather simple, what is known as “clip art.” The thing that struck me was the high percentage of Blacks and the absence of Asians; for example about 30 percent of medical professionals were black. The textbook is for Taiwan so I would have liked to have put some Asian people in it.
I’ve also noticed that American TV programs and movies feature a very high number of African-American judges, doctors, and professionals. Is this just reflecting reality? Or is this the directors trying to provide positive role models for minorities and counteract negative stereotypes? If so, do you think it works? Why aren’t there more decent Asian roles in American TV shows and movies?