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Marvels and Monsters Exhibition Review

The role played by U.S comics in the perpetuation of racial stereotypes.

By Jimmy Centeno
Published on LatinoLA: October 14, 2013


Marvels and Monsters Exhibition Review


The Japanese American National Museum presents; Marvels and Monsters, Unmasking Asian Images in U.S Comics, 1942-1986 is a must see exhibit. Curated by Jeff Yang, and co- curated by D. Daniel Kim the exhibition draws on the subtle ways Asians are vilified and stereotyped as the Yellow Peril in motion in U.S comic books.

Some would say, "there just comic books and what of it" well for scholar William F. Wu such insensitive portrayal of Asians in mainstream media and comic books reinforce negative attitudes that impede a better understanding of the Asian community in and out of the states.

Descriptions such as, the manipulator; evil with a yellow face, the Alien, the kamikaze, the guru are but a few archetypes labels assigned to Asians during time of war and tension. At first sight the colorful comic strips along the walls might seem humorous and entertaining. Take a second look and the images begin to display a riddle with deep racial connotations.

Marvels and Monsters invites people from all walks of life and ages to participate in this exhibition for a better understanding and respect for all differences.

Through February 9, 2014

Venue: Japanese American National Museum.
Address: 100 N. Central Ave
City: Los Angeles Ca.
Zip: 90012
Telephone: (213) 625.0414
Website: http://www.janm.org/visit/

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