Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Who is Chin Kee and where does he come from?


American Born Chinese deals with Asian stereotyping in popular culture. Since the first American and British contact with China in the 1800's, there have existed many racist stereotypes about Asians in general. Many originated with the simple fact that east Asian cultures appeared and operated differently than western ones. East Asia was seen as a place of great strangeness and described as "the Orient" and figured to be a a fantastical, strange place.

Stereotypes, especially prejudicial ones can be extremely hurtful, even as jokes. American Born Chinese attempts to examine some of these stereotypes, to see how they still stick around today, and how dealing with them and transcending them is often part of being an Asian-American. 
When Chin-Kee shows up in Chapter 3, he is a walking stereotype. Let's explore below what stereotypes he embodies:
1-  One of the oldest Asian stereotypes involves the form of dress worn by poor Chinese farmers and laborers in the 1800's.

• This is a Chinese farmer in traditional 1800s garb.

• These are immigrant Chinese workers working on the San Francisco Railroad in the 1800s.

Compare the above two photos to this racist political cartoon from the 1800s:

But, Asian Stereotypes didn't die off in the 1800s

2- Chin-Kee is a racist stereotype. Below, check out some footage from blockbuster 1980's film "Sixteen Candles" featuring another outrageous Asian stereotype, Long Duk Dong. 

3– Now that you've viewed those videos, please read this Blogpost analyzing the harmful stereotypes that Long Duk Dong embodies.


Reflection: After reading and viewing the above, please respond to the following questions in complete sentences with evidence and details.  

1.  Compare the real photo of Chinese men working to the 1800s political cartoon.

2.  What is stereotypical about the Long Duk Dong character from Sixteen Candles?

3.  What are two key points the NPR article raises about Long Duk Dong and Chinese stereotypes?

Bonus Question: Do any of these sources remind you of Chin Kee?  How?  What is Yang doing with his creation of the character Chin Kee?


  1. Some compares I see about the the pictures are that the outfits are a bit the same since that what they wore in the 1800's. They gave the the cartoon long nails because people think that most Asian or Chinese people have really long nails.

    Some stereotypical about Long Duk Dong is his accent not many people like that speak that way and also when he grabbed the silverware and try to use them as chop stick once again not many people like that don't even know how to use chopstick. And the way he would do his hair it shouldn't matter what he does with his a hair it's hair no big deal.

    There were a few people we got angry because to them it was racist and they wondered why Gedde Watanabe would play a part like that in a movie. When ever people saw Gedde Watanabe they would remember him by the Long Duk Dong. Gedde Watanabe sometimes isn't used to that because he knows that not all people are like that.

    Some of it remind me of Chin kee because the way Long Duk Dong talked and they way he acts around pretty american girls and the way he dresses. The way Yang is creating Chin Kee he is trying to make it stereo type so people can see how others think of Chinese, Asian and all types.

  2. 1) The two photos are different because in the photo of the cartoon Chinese man he looks as if he would kill somebody honestly and in the actual REAL photo of the Chinese workers they all looked as if they just wanted to get over with the day and take a rest.

    2) They were stereotyping the Long Duk Dong by acting as if he would spread some type of unknown disease if he were around them or as if having someone different in their lives would make their world come crashing down.

    3) That all the stereotypes started in the 1800s and that they're still around because people still treat Asians as if they are threats or that they eat some stuff that Americans find dear to them, like cats. So maybe they probably thought that Long Duk Dong was like that because... he was Chinese.

  3. 1) The two photos look very different. The first picture looks nice and very good. While like Rosa said before me the second one he looks like a killer and really creepy.

    2)Well first there is a gong in the background whenever he is in the movie or people mention him. Also his name is very stereotypical, very complicated. Also that since he was different he had diseases.

    3)That the name stays with you because if you were Asian during the time the movie came out people would call you a dong. And that it is every bad stereotype of Asians all rolled up in one. Like his accent or him using a spoon and fork for chopsticks because he was Asian.

  4. On the first picture the guy looks nice and innocent but on the second one he looks kinda scary and kinda creepy. Stereotypes about Long Duk Dong are his name, what he wears and does with his hair, the fact that everytime his name is said or he is shown a gong is banged.That stereotypes stay around forever and are really hard to get rid of.

  5. 1. The real photo from back in 1800's is real like and people think that every Asian People is going to look that way. Now days people think that all Asians should the work which is totally not true.

    2. That he is Chinese and he was spreading diseases because that is how they stereotype Asian people.

    3. They do because people think that everyone Asian person have the same name or look the same. And when Long Duk Dong was talking to the girl Chin Kee did the same. I'm saying the two was getting in the way of people when they were talking to girls.

  6. 1.) The two photos look very different. The first picture looks nice. Cartoon one he looks like really scary.

    2.)Since he was different people thought he had diseases. And what he was wearing. Also, because of his name.

    3.)The stereotypes are still in this world today. Also, they treat Asian like they don't belong here. They treated L.D.D like that because he was Chinese.

  7. I noticed that in the comparison of cartoon's outfit and the 1800's head phones that the outfits are mostly the same, but cartoon's is more modernized. Like with the colors and the style of the clothes, but they're still the same. They make the cartoon look really unusual with all the missing teeth, long nails, weirdo smile, slim, thin eyes and a braid for his hair. Most of these things are all things usually said about Asians.

    Long Duk Dong is a stereotype wrapped up in a actor's role. For example in the first video, Long Dong came from the ceiling, like he was hanging by his feet, the stereotype probably he was meditating. Another example is his accent. That stereotype is that anyone of Asian decent that's anywhere but in Asia has and Asian accent and doesn't speak very good English.

    One point the NPR article raises is that Mr. Wantabe is in a hard situation. He has the people that hate him for taking the role and embarrassing the Asian culture, but on the other hand he has the people that thinks he's hilarious and has no problem with him. This is making him torn on what side to take. He says he understands both sides. The side that says he was stupid to take the roll, he agrees he says he was "naive", but then he also understands the side that thinks its hilarious because he thinks its funny, too. Another example is the fact that there are no famous Asian- American actors that have made it big other then John Cho, From Harold and Kumar. He says the Asian- Americans should be able to get American roles in t.v or plays, instead of just roles made for Asians.

  8. The comparison I made between the Chinese men working to the political cartoon was.
    In the cartoon they are basically describing the Chinese people are trashy,long nails,long hair,tiny eyes,buck teeth,big ears,long hair, etc. Also that they work at Clothing factories for a living. I'm guessing that the word Monopoly on the cartoon characters hand means that they make games like Monopoly. In the Chinese Men Working they look like they are working outside on mountains and digging up dirt. All these comparsion to me means that all Chinese people are not just people who work in factories making clothes they do other things too. Also they all don't fit the description of Big ears,Long hair,Buck teeth.

  9. 1) well the first picture i see is nice and it looks good but when i get to the last picture i see a killer... they are nothing alike.

    2) his name because they are making fun of of chines names.


    1. did not finish but i will today....sorry for the unfinished work

    2. 3) today peolpe are still stereotypic about asians,chines people and indoniesions. also
      they trieted long dunk dung like that because he is chines.

  10. 1) I notice that in the cartoon, everything about the Asian is heavily exaggerated. He is dressed in mock traditional clothes. His nails, teeth, and hair are very unkempt suggesting that Asians are sloppy and dirty. Unlike the cartoon, the original photos are very plain and understated. The way the people dress, work, and generally appear is much less extravagant than the cartoon.

    2) Long Duk Dong's name is stereotypical. His clothes and his voice are stereotypical Asian.

    3) Around the time this movie came out, Asian boys were often called "Donger". Long Duk Dong was like every bad, Asian stereotype rolled up into one character. Long Duk Dong was out of control. As Jin said in our book American Born Chinese, he was an "F.O.B."

  11. In the photo the farmers just look like regular people in clothes that they would of worn decades ago. In the racist photo the Asian's teeth are dirty and some are falling out. His nails and hair are long and unkept. He has some creepy grin on his face. It looks like they're suggesting that Asians are dirty, sloppy,and slightly evil.
    Long Dong Duck is stereotypical because his clothes and hair follow the Asian stereotype. Also he doesn't really get how things work in America so he embarrasses himself a lot.
    The article said that his name is very stereotypical. You can see it even today because when people are making fun of Asian's they make really stereotypical name and say ching chong.It also said when the movie came out, Asian-American began to be called Donger in school. Also another point they gave in the article was that Asian's are out of control. In the movie Long Dong Duck hung over a bed to face a girl and said What's Happening Hot Stuff. Later at a party he got extremely drunk and yelled to guy hey sexy girlfriend! Then he jumped on him.

  12. 1)The pictures of the real people compared to the cartoon are really different. They are different because the cartoon has long hair and a pretty small hat and the real people have short hair with pretty big hats. Also, the picture of the real people look nothing like the cartoon.
    2)Long Duk Dong's name is stereotypical the way he speaks and his clothes.
    3)One point that NPR raises is that the stereotype of the Asians left more like a stain and people were mad about it. And they that every Asian kid was called a "Donger".

  13. 1. I noticed that in the cartoon, the man is somewhat horrible. Also, the first two pictures are a lot more real, and the third is nothing like them.
    2. A stereotypical thing about Long Duk Dong is his name and his clothes. Not to mention his voice.
    3. He was called "Donger." And also, he was like a lot of Asian stereotypes.

  14. 1. The cartoon was very stereotypical as it was meant to represent all Asians when it only partiality represented the poor Asian farmers in the 1800s. His crooked teeth and long skinny braid are something of the stereotypical Asian portrait in many cartoons all around the world.

    2. I must admit I have always liked the character Long Duk Dong unfortunately the character is extremely racist. From the way he acts to just his name in general he is an embarrassment to many Asians.

    3. The movie that came out in 1984 still holds stereotypes of Asians that can be very harmful.

  15. 1. Compare the real photo of Chinese men working to the 1800s political cartoon.
    In the political cartoon, it shows a very stereotypical Asian man, similar to Chinkee. In the photo of the Chinese men working, it's how they actually dressed and is far more realistic. The cartoon was probably made to offend while the photo is real life.

    2. What is stereotypical about the Long Duk Dong character from Sixteen Candles?
    He is a stereotype of Chinese men. They made him sound as Americans thought Chinese people sounded. They made him act like the Americans thought a Chinese person acted. Chinese people today who live in America are probably mad at him for making them seem so strange.

    3. What are two key points the NPR article raises about Long Duk Dong and Chinese stereotypes?
    One is that it made people think you were just off of the boat and it was as if you combined every stereotype possible. A second stereotype is that kids were called famous Asian names. Some kids were called Bruce Lee, but they didn't mind because he could kick a**. When the movie came out, they were called Long Duk Dong.

  16. 1)The pictures of the Chinese workers from the 1800's look like normal guys working outside. The racist picture has elements of what the workers look like but are put to the extreme. The picture also makes Asians look evil and scary.
    2)You know that Long Duk Dong is a stereotype just by hearing his name. The stereotype about Asians names is that there always more than one word. Another stereotype of Long Duk Dong is how he dresses when he's in the tree. He has on what looks like a kimono and some sort of band going across his head. A stereotypical thing about him is how he talks. He has a thick accent that makes him a little hard to understand.
    3)If you were an Asian kid in the time that the movie"16 Candles" came out everyone would call you Long Duk Dong just because you were Asian. The article says that every time he would walk into a scene a gong would sound in the back round. They also talk about how he was so confused about what Americans ate and used a fork and spoon as chopsticks.

  17. In the real picture of the Chinese men and the political cartoon, there are several noticeable differences. In the cartoon, he has a ponytail, he's dirty, has long fingernails, has slanted eyes and an evil grin, a small black hat,his teeth are wrecked--seeing as there are only two--he's short, he is clumsy and messy, as he is throwing over a trash can with a hand that carries the emblem "Monopoly" and the contents in the trash can embody several more stereotypes, including Havana, underwear, box factory, clothing factory, and laundries. In the background, there are factories steaming with smoke, and a man appears to be scolding him, suggesting laziness, inefficiency, and no sense of diligence. Then, in the real picture of the Chinese men have a large hat, and simple working clothes. The clothes suggest diligence and efficiency. In the picture of them building, they seem to be hardworking.
    Stereotypes that Long Duk Dong represents are: slanted eyes, a love for women, every entry of his is accompanied by a mysterious gong, an Asian accent with no good English speaking skills, and his name.
    Two key points NPR raises are that Asian-Americans are the ones receiving the stereotypes Long Duk Dong has supported, by acting them, and the other point was that Long Duk Dong portrayed almost every single stereotype, creating an even worse time for the ones who are at the receiving end of what Long Duk Dong’s actor, Gedde Watanabe, unknowingly embodied.
    Long Duk Dong is almost exactly the same as Chin-Kee--he has an accent (l’s for r’s, r’s for l’s especially) slanted eyes, a ponytail, a small black hat, long nails, yellow skin, weird food to eat--and this is almost exactly the same as the political cartoon. Yang is building his character as the most stereotypical Chinese character through his speech, features, and personality. He might be trying to show the impossibilities that such a character exists, or the pathetic idea that one does.

  18. Some things that I noticed about the differences between the photo of the men working and the cartoon were that the hair styles, ears, faces, and clothes were exaggerated. What I noticed about the hair was that the men in the photo had shorter and were were wearing large brimmed hats. The cartoon had long hair in a braid and a small head cover. The facial features in the cartoon were exaggerated in the way that it had buck teeth, a large nose, small eyes, and big ears. The clothes were exaggerated because it was emphasized as a dress in the way that it was long and had the jacket-like covering.
    Some stereotypical things about Long Duk Dong were his accent, his haircut and his facial features. His accent was very influenced by the American interpretation of how Asian languages sound. His facial features were very stereotypical because his smile, or grin, spread very far across his face. His eyes were small and he squinted during the entire movie. His haircut was, in some ways, the classic “American made Asian hairstyle”. His hair was very thin and short and was parted down the middle.
    Some key points the NPR article raises about Long Duk Dong and Asian stereotypes are that he is “every bad stereotype possible, loaded into one character”. Another thing the article raises is that Long Duk Dong wears his hair in what is called a "butt-cut" — parted straight down the middle.
    These things definitely remind me about Chin-Kee. The first thing that reminded me of Chin-Kee was the buck teeth in the cartoon. The cartoon also reminded me of Chin-Kee because of the type of “dress” that the character was wearing. Long Duk Dong also reminded me of Chin-Kee because of the accent. American Born Chinese shows the way that Chin-Kee speaks as if you could hear Chin-Kee talking. The way that Duk Dong speaks is very similar to the way that Chin-Kee speaks.

  19. 1. I notice in the cartoon how big the teeth are even though in real picture it looks normal.Also how there in labor in the back of cartoon so they rob but there innocent in the picture of reality. It shows that there nails are long with bandanna and very small when some Asians such as Yao Ming has short nails doesn't where bandanna and is a big guy and they have different hats in the picture and short nails.
    2. One of the stereotypes in the movie is that he woke up with a robe of karate on, also in the tree part he has that tiger thing with him.
    3. some time around sixteen candles came out many non Asian people called Asians donger.Long Duk Dong was very irritated with this name. Donger is every bad stereotype to an Asian in one. in the movie he used 2 silverware items for chopsticks cause that's what they do where he's from since he's Asian. Some people called Asians famous Asian names such as lee, Jackie Chan, and many more.

  20. The cartoon of the Chinese man has big ears , while the real photo has relatively normal ears. In the cartoon, it has a pretty big head, while the photo has small ears. In the cartoon, it has long braid. In the real photo, the person has short hair. The cartoon has really long nails. The real picture doesn’t have long nails. The cartoon has buck teeth, and the real men don’t show if they do or don’t have buck teeth. The clothes is the thing they have the most in common.
    2. He has a “butt-cut” hairstyle, that Chinese men from the 80’s had. He acted fresh off the boat. He was like a loser. He had no social life. He was called “Donger”. He talked like people would think Chinese people talk.
    3. All of Chinese people are called one thing. A Chinese celebrity, or a food. Every Asian male the went into high school was called “Donger”. They were portrayed as so in movies and T.v shows. Like males would almost always have a haircut called the “butt-cut”. and they are also shown as if they are “fresh off the boat”. Which is that they act so much like a Chinese person, that it’s hard to see them as an equal , or American.
    Male Asian actors were not so popular in movies or T.V shows. Asians are starting to be more popular now. I guess they don’t really want to be on T.V because of the way they are portrayed. And they want roles that make them American, not sound like a super Chinese person. they don’t want to be remembered as that chines guy in that movie. More as the smart, funny, even cute guy that makes friends with everyone.

  21. Both photos are similar in many ways. One way is that they are both wearing the same sort of shirt. It’s sort of looks like a chef’s shirt that they would wear in the kitchen. Also they both wear some sort of hate. Except that in the photo the hat is round and pointy like a cone and in the cartoon the hat just covers up the top of his head. One thing that was stereotypical about Long Duk Dong was his accent. That annoying stereotypical high pitched voice. Also that every time they said his name there was a loud gong in the background. One key point that NPR said was that he was called a donger. Another one was also, that he was like a lot of Asian stereotypes.

  22. Both the images are rather similar. The same century, same occupancy etc. Some stereotypes I saw about Long Duk Dong were his tone of voice, accent, karate robe, his name, and he's an exchange student. NPR mentioned that Long Duk Dong was many stereotypes to Asians. Also the name "Donger and him having a "But Cut".

  23. There is not much difference between the real photo of the Chinese men working and the 1800s political cartoon. The both photos show the men with long black hair in a braid and a hat on their head. There is a difference between the two hats of the photos, the photo of the Chinese men working has a hat that blocks sunlight and goes all over their head while the 1800s political cartoons hat is small and doesn’t cover their eyes, however, now a days the hat the 1800s political cartoon uses is what many people use to describe asians. On both of the photos the people have very large nose. In the 1800s political cartoon the character has a small and large tooth and not many others that are visual, in the other two photos of the men working show that their mouth are open and you can’t see much teeth illustrating that they don’t have much teeth like the cartoon character.

    The reason the Long Duk Dong character from Sixteen Candles is so stereotypical is because of is his characteristics. The way he talks and the words he use to speak are incredibly stereotypical because he speaks in a way shown to be how stereotypical asians speak, he also talks about girlfriends and hot stuff. Also the other actors act as though being around Long Duk Dong is some kind of disease, meaning, if you get to close to him then you get the disease.

    One key point that the NPR article raises about Long Duk Dong and Chinese stereotypes is that after the movie, if you were Chinese you would be called “Dong”. That stereotype states that all Asians are all the same, which isn’t true, since everyone’s different then everyone. Another key point is that now, after the Long Duk Dong character, there haven’t been as many East Asian celebrities. This is a terrible thing because the young East Asian children don’t have anyone to look up to that looks like them or is from the same country as their ancestors. Except they have people with too much makeup on, that don’t look the same as them, to look up to. This shows that young East Asian children try to be like everyone else in their school and town to fit in and try to look like something that they aren’t.

  24. 1. On the second picture (the cartoon) they exaggerate more than in the first two pictures. In the second picture there is only one person, while in the second there is many more people. Also in the second photo the traits of the man are exaggerated. (ears, mouth, clother, finger nails, etc.) In the first picture all the people look “normal”, but in the second the man looks dirty, gross, and mean
    2. In the movie “16 Candles” Long Duk Dong is portrayed as funny, because of his stereotypes. A few stereotypes that go along with his character are: clothes, accent, looks, name, love for women, and the fact that every time he makes an appearance there is an Asian “dong” that comes.
    3. The article stated that after the movie was made many Asian-Americans felt mad at the stereotypes that Gedde Watanabe portrayed. Another point that the article made clear was that Long Duk Dong was a walking stereotype, he was a F.O.B (Fresh off the Boat), and he was a donger.

  25. 1)There are similarities in both pictures, such as the garb, but there are also some key differences. In the real photograph, the people look like regular people with regular jobs. In the drawing, the teeth are bucked, embodying a stereotype, and the eyebrows also hint towards an evil personality.

    2)Long Duck Dong, from his hair parted down the middle in an "uncool" fashion, to his creepy entrance swinging down from a girl's bed, to his name, he embodies many stereotypes. One being that Asian men prey on white women, another being that all Asians are "uncool", "nerdy", and "geeky". Another, that Asians all have "Asian-sounding" names such as Chin-Kee and Long Duck Dong, is seen here also. We have seen some of these stereotypes before, from Kevin's video to the Wikipedia article.

    3)One key point of the NPR article was that Long Duck Dong created a new Asian reference point for bullies and for other not-Asians in general. Kids who were once called "Bruce Lee", who at least could fight well and cool, were now called "Donger". Long Duck Dong had created a new famous Asian, who would represent the Asian race for a while. Another key point was that, while Long Duck Dong was funny in many ways, even to Asian-americans, the character was still offensive and people are still angry wih the actor who played him.

  26. 1. The two photos about the men working is very different from the 1800s political cartoon because the working men don't have the same features as the 1800s political cartoon.
    In the two photos either of the men have long hair or buck teeth like the 1800s political cartoon photo.

    2. Long Duk Dong accent seems like a stereotype to me because I have Asian friends and they did not sound like Long Duk Dong.

    3. They would call Asians Bruce Lee but its didn't seem to bother them because Bruce Lee was AWESOME at martial arts so that basically meant that Asians can fight well.

  27. In the photo with the men working,it look like they work to get a reward out of it.In the cartoon photo,It looks like the the man is throwing the garbage on the ground.Even though t doesn’t say it, the artist of the portrait was showing the stereotype that all Chinese people are not clean.In sixteen candles,the boy and the mom talk about him staying there.Then the boy and the sister talk about his bad sence of fashion.I can tell that the creator of the movie was trying to make the Long Duk dong look like a crazy person who doesn’t know manners.According to the article,Long Duk Dong was more of a stain and represented the most offensive stereotype that Hollywood gave them.Also in the article,Ity said that the asians that went to Long Duk Dong’s current high school was called a Donger.

  28. 1)Something that is the same for both photos is that they have the same clothing, which is a long button down shirt and pant. They also all have a hat on. But the difference is that in the photo that the people that are working and do not look weird or odd in a matter of appearance. While Chin-Keen looks odd because of what he looks like and what he is doing. But his appearance is the most different.He has odd buck front teeth and long scary nails.

    2) A stereotype in the video was to me his accent. I have never meet someone that is Asian with that type of accent. Also his name, the way he talked, and acted were all different stereotypes.

    3) A shared stereotype is that some people call Asians "Dong". Also he is flirting and wagging his eybrows at the female protagonist in the beginning of the video. The stereotype there is that Asians prey on woman.

  29. 1. They both have the same kind of clothes. They are wearing a jacket looking thing and pants. In the cartoon the man has long hair. In the real pictures you can not tell. In the real photo the Chinese men are working but in the cartoon the man is destroying things. In the cartoon the man looks like a evil being that destroys things and messes up the country. Maybe that is what the country thought Asians were doing. In the photos the men look like normal people who live on this planet.

    2. One thing that is stereotypical about Long Duk Dong is the way he uses utensils like chopsticks. Also the way he talks to women. Another stereotype is how a gong sounds every time he comes. Also he doesn’t really know what to do in America.

    3.One key points are that Long Duk Dong has all the bad stereotypes and only bad stereotypes. Long Duk Dong uses chopsticks, treats women in a certain way, and many other stereotypes. This offends many Asians. The other key point is there are no Asian stars. There are no very famous Asian-American stars. It is hard for them to get important roles.

  30. 1. I think the cartoon is supposed to be a stereotype of the Chinese men working and I think the cartoon was trying to make fun of them too.

    2. I think the stereotype about Long Duk Dong is that first a part of his name sound like "Duck" and it's a stereotype that ALL Chinese people eat duck and they ALL don't. Another stereotype is when he came out of the tree on the second video and I think that's a stereotype because people say Chinese people climb trees.

    3. They're using the pictures and the movie about Long Duk Dong because people always find away to make fun of Chinese,Asian, and Indonesia people and try to say they're all the same and they all do the same thing. But, i don't think it's true because everyone is not the same everyone is different and everyone has their own state of mind. I think people should think how they would if they were in their place because I know they wouldn't be making stereotypes then.

  31. In my opinion the photos are different in some aspects. For instance, the outfits are a little alike because I guess they are both in the 1800’s. They are different because in the cartoon photo they make him look evil, but the real one is nothing like that.
    There are a couple stereotypical things in those videos. One stereotypical thing about Long Duck Dong is in the first video, he looks like a ninja because he is hanging upside down. Another stereotypical thing is what he wears because the stereotype is that all Asians wear those types of clothes.
    There are a couple stereotypes that NPR raises. One of them is that when the movie “Sixteen candles” came out every Asian was called Long Duck Dong just because of their race. Another one is Long Duck Dong portrayed probably all of the Asian stereotypes .

  32. 1- The pictures above of men working they look like they’re working for something and that must be pretty hard workers. In the picture of the political cartoon from the 1800’s it show of a chinese man acting out and just being dirty. This is one of the stereotypes of asian people not being clean that stand today.

    2- The stereotypes being made by Long Duk Dong is the way he talks with a weird asian accent with not so good English. Also whenever Long Duk Dong walks in or someone says his name right after come a strange gong which is totally stereotypical.

    3- One of the two key points of the NPR article is that the Asian-Americans are the ones getting all the stereotypes being shown by Long Duk Dong. The other point was that Long Duk Dong pretty much showed all of the asian stereotypes being made to all asians.

  33. 1. Compare the real photo of Chinese men working to the 1800s political cartoon.

    The Political Cartoon shows a very cunning, all-powerful, and mischievous Asian man, meanwhile the photographs show modest, hardworking people just doing their job.

    2. What is stereotypical about the Long Duk Dong character from Sixteen Candles?

    He speaks with an accent, and he has miraculous Spidy / Kung Fu Powers, and ominously sounds a gong whenever he enters a scene.

    3. What are two key points the NPR article raises about Long Duk Dong and Chinese stereotypes? How extremely racist they are.

    It is hard to say whether he was truly ‘bad’ or not because even though he began a chain reaction of racist beliefs, he is still a classic character who has grasped the hearts of many comedy loving Americans, no matter how unintentionally racist they are.

    Long Duk Dong is like the embodiment of all stereotypes portraying to Asians as a whole, the negative ones as well as the slightly less negative ones.
    -The gong that sounds when he makes an appearance
    -His usage of a fort and knife as chopsticks
    -His lack of coolness/popularity…ext.

    Long Duk Dong became like the poster-person for all American-Asians. It was assumed that those who were like him were LIKE him.

  34. 1. In the cartoon he looks like he wants to rule something or someone. He wants to take control.The Asian cartoon man doesn't look like he is ready to work. The people who made that cartoon maybe wanted him to look like an old traditional Asian man. That man in the first picture looks like a farmer ready to sell his material. The second those men want to get their work done then go home. They are tired of work.

    2. A stereotypical comment would be that every time that some one said Long Duk Dong name you hear a gong in the background and he is goofy or silly.

    Bonus. The cartoon reminds me of Chin-Kee from ABC. The man in the cartoon has buck teeth, a skin tight hat, some kind of cross over shirt and looks like he knows karate.

  35. 1.) The photo of the immigrant chinese workers looks quite innocent. They were just regular people doing their job. But for the racist cartoon the man looks really scary. He is wearing a traditional type of clothing that was usually worn by chinese people. He also had really long hair, and messed up teeth.
    2.) Long Duk Dong is a walking stereotype just like Chin-Kee. When he came hanging from the ceiling I thought that was supposed to show off that he’s a ninja. Since there is a stereotype that chinese or asians are ninja’s. Another example is that there is a gong that is hit every time he comes around.
    3.) When the movie “Sixteen Candles” came out if you were asian you were called Long Duk Dong. Since you were the same race as the stereotypical exchange student ( Long Duk Dong ). The character represented almost all of the stereotypes held against asians.

  36. 1)The photos both look suspicious I guess. The men look scary and so does the cartoon. The cartoon dude looks kind of posessed or something.He just looks like he wants to do something.
    2)The stereotype could be because of his name he talks weird or he sounds weird.He does compare to Chin Kee his name says it all he was messed with because the way he acts. Another one is he speaks funny english or gibberish.
    3)Long Duk Dong showed many stereotypes that asians face and he would be messed w/ by how he talks. He represented all the stereotypes.He was a walking stereotype.

  37. 1) In the working men photo you see immigrant Chinese men working on a railroad while, in the cartoon picture you see a Chinese person with the word MONOPOLY on his hand, and you see him
    throwing pieces of the board game down. The cartoon also had a factory behind the person.

    2) The Long Duk Dong character is stereotypical because every time you hear his name you hear a gong in the background. Also he’s hanging upside down like a ninja and many people believe that the Chinese and the Japanese are ninjas.

    3) When the movie Sixteen Candles came out and you were Asian you were called Long Duk Dong. He pretty much made every stereotype about Asians and the Chinese true.

  38. 1. Compare the real photo of Chinese men working to the 1800s political cartoon.
    They exaggerated on the cartoon and add other things like long nails,long hair and gangster look. The people but all the stereotypes in the cartoon.
    2. What is stereotypical about the Long Duk Dong character from Sixteen Candles?
    Some stereotypical about long duk dong and sixteen candles are Every single Asian dude who went to high school or junior high during the era of John Hughes movies was called 'Donger,” there is always a dong sound when he apir

    3. What are two key points the NPR article raises about Long Duk Dong and Chinese stereotypes?
    what martin said."Every single Asian dude who went to high school or junior high during the era of John Hughes movies was called 'Donger,'" says Martin Wong. and

  39. In the real picture of chinese men they seem to be poor and hard workers while the political picture look like the character does not work and is rich or at least has some sort of power because of the word monopoly on his hand. The only comparison between the way the real and political photo is the clothing. The hat, braid, big ears are not similar.

    I think from reading the post few things that was stereotypical was possibly how he acted, his vocabulary, and his name. Another could be that he had no idea about american culture.

    The political picture from the 1800 reminds you the most of chinkee from american born chinese. I think Yang did that because he wanted to create a very stereotypical chinese character

  40. In the real photo, the Chinese people are working on railroad tracks and they look pretty much normal. In the cartoon, the character is wearing Chinese garb form the 1800's. He's working at a factory and the character is bald except for a long braid in the back of his head. And he has a weird cap on his head. There's also something crazy going on with his teeth.
    A stereotypical thing about Long Duk Dong form Sixteen Candles is the clothes that he wears. Those white robes he wears when we first see him, and the traditional robes he wears to the prom.
    Two points that the article raises is that he is mystified by the spoon and fork, and that usually Chinese people have cool martial arts skills but in sixteen candles doesn't even have that.

  41. 1) There are very few similarities between the two photos. In the first two photos of the men working, you can see that they are taking their work seriously and are working hard. In the last photo, the Chinese character is not working and seems to be selling off the products that are being made behind him in the factories. The only similarities are the clothing. They are both wearing two layers of pants and a large and a long coat.
    2) For one, Long Duk Dong's name is stereotypical. He had to have the type of name that an ignorant american would assume all chinese names are like. Second, his knowledge of american culture is stereotypical. The fact that he doesn't have any basic knowledge whatsoever of forks and knives is extremely stereotypical. His awareness of how to treat women is also stereotypical.
    3) One key point the article raises is that, once you portray a stereotype, that is how everyone will see you from then on. Another is that stereotypes are so untrue and widely hated, that people will even hate the actor who plays a fictional character.

  42. 1. The stereotypical version has long, sharp fingernails, long braided hair, buck teeth, and is wearing a very baggy sort of kimono while the real people pictures the people are wearing pants, a jacket they all have different hairstyles with hats, they look perfectly normal.

    2. He talks wrong and with a chinese accent, he gets very drunk and goes crazy, he uses a fork and spoon like chopsticks, he has a butt-cut, he is not one of the cool kids and he has a very long unusual name for americans that will make us think all of their names are like that.

    3. One key point the article shows is that the stereotypes in movies will make people believe those stereotypes are true for example people think asians can only eat with chopsticks and don't know what forks and spoons are and it also tells us that Long Duk Dong is basically a walking stereotype.

    Bonus: The racist political picture reminds me of chin-kee because they sort of have the same clothes, both have buck teeth and long braided hair. Also Long Duk Dong reminds me of chin-kee because they are both basically walking stereotypes of asian men.

  43. 1. The difference between the two photos is that the first one is a photo and shows a man working and there is no stereotypes. Just that he is a farmer. But the second photo is a cartoon that shows many racist stereotypes to chinese men. Also the man looks like a creep.

    2. What’s stereotypical about Long Duck Dong is that every time he is in the movie or mentioned there is a dong sound. Also he has an very stereotypical name. Also that he would have some type of unknown disease.

    3. That name stays with you because an asian would be called an dongger. Also because he was a perfect example on an asian stereotypical person.

  44. 1) The difference between the photos are the first one is an actual photo showing men working while the poster makes racist stereotypes of the workers. For example, the long hair and nails, their clothes and also their teeth.
    2)There are many stereotypes about Long Duck Dong. For example, every time he enters there is a dong sound. Also the way he speaks, he speaks incorrectly with a very heavy accent.
    3) Some key points would be how once people see stereotypes in movies people will think that that stereotype is true. also that Long Duck Dong portrayed all of the asian stereotypes, the way he treated women, only able to eat with chopsticks and more.

  45. 1) The pictures of the real Chinese men and the cartoon are very different. For one thing, the cartoon looks much more menacing and evil than the real photos. Also, in the background in the cartoon picture, it seems like the townspeople are upset with the Chinese man. In the photos with the real Chinese men, the men look like they are really working while the cartoon man looks like he’s just slacking off. The only similarity... well, in actuality there hardly is any similarity. Maybe that in one of the real photos, there were Chinese men working on a railroad and the cartoon had a train in the background.

    2) There are many things that are stereotypical about the character Long Duk Wong. For example, he isn’t popular, he is more or less a weirdo to the other characters. He’s ‘mystified’ by American food and when he is given a fork and a spoon, he uses them like chopsticks.

    3) Two key points that are brought up are that the character Long Duk Wong is every Asian stereotype rolled into one character. Another is that Hollywood needs to get an Asian-American star but it hasn’t happened yet.

  46. the two pictures are a little similar. the dress is a very similar and other clothing.the noses look very big but the asian people i know are not under this stereotype.But from the workers pictures i don't see long braids and long fingernails even though a disney movie i saw had the long braids.

    one stereotypical thing is his long name and it probably has a meaning. and that he was all sneaky coming out of the blue hanging from the bed like a ninja. and he is trying to be american but him words don't sound right because his accent.

    in the article it says “ In real American schools, Long Duk Dong gave the mean kids new material.” and i agree. calling asians long duck dong was applying that they are of the boat from asia and is wild. they used to be called bruce lee before the movie . which is not bad since that means i could probably beat all yall up but long duck dong became something worse than being called bruce lee. another key point is that asian american actors have gotten more respect since 1984 but still trying to overcome some issues. but at less that there is at more asian americans on tv . like every penny is worth something.

  47. 1. In my opinion the only similarity the pictures have is that the people in the pictures are Chinese. The cartoon picture is a complete stereotype in my opinion. I think this because in the cartoon picture the man looks like he's mad, mean and also this picture shows the stereotype that only Asia provides certain things that makes them rich, you this in the picture because his hand says monopoly. In the other pictures the men are working in farms and they don't look like they have lots of money.

    2. A stereotype about Long Duk Wong is that his name is long and "funny", he talks "funny", he sneaks up on people all the time.

    3. Two key points that are brought up in the npr article is that Lon Duk Wong is every Asian stereotype put in one character, its like 2 in 1. Another is that American movies need Asian-American roles for Asians because when Asians get a role they get a role of a Chinese person, they think it's a little like a stereotype.

  48. The real photo is different from the cartoon by the real photo has the workers doing hard work while the cartoon is just goofy looking and isn’t in the work uniform they have on. Another thing about the real people is that they look tired and weak. However the cartoon is happy and whatnot.
    The stereotype about the Long Duk Dong from sixteen Candles is that whenever he enter a room there is a dong in the background. Also that he was always upside down.
    Other things are that if you happen to be Asian and had a butt cut then you would be called Duk Dong. Also that all Chinese have long fingernails. Another thing was that they all are ninjas.
    I noticed that Cin kee and the cartoon look alike by their teeth and how he looks. Another thing is that Yang is showing younger readers some stereotypes that happen in the 1800s. Also he is putting them so they can be funny and learning.

  49. What was stereotypical about the Long Duk Dong character is the way he shows up in places. Also what the lil brother had said to the mother about Long Duk Dong.

    Yes some of these sources do remind me of Chinkee. Because Chinkee was a cousin who was an exchange student and came and stayed with his cousin Danny. Now Long Duk Dong is also an exchange student who is staying with his cousin on his other side who is coming down with their grandma.