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— Nicole Clark: Too often, Asian and Pacific Islanders’ stories have been told by others, whitewashed in the media, or plainly ignored. “For the better part of American history, actors would don yellowface to assume Asian identities in theatrical productions while laws (including the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and the Alien Land Laws) effectively barred Asians from integrating into most aspects of American society,” Jenn Fang writes for Teen Vogue about the erasure of Asians and Pacific Islanders in early Hollywood. “Rather than allow Asian actors to accurately represent themselves, audiences apparently preferred the fictionalized Asian ‘other’ as it was projected through the caricatured yellowface antics of a white actor…

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