Identity, race and ethnicity in Film and TV



Looking at identity, race and ethnicity- and film and TV.

Write your responses to the following:

Part 1.

  • What is race?
  • What is ethnicity?
  • What is racism?
  • What race are you? What is your ethnicity?

Are these terms reductive for you? Would you like to add any terms ? Like cultural identity?

Article on race and identity from UCLA

Difference between race and ethnicity.

The Problem with Apu –

The film has sparked a conversation in a positive way which The Simpsons creator responded to in an episode in a half hearted way. Have a read through the links below.

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Hank Azaria who voices Apu on The Simpsons and the effects on Indian American/ South East Asian Americans –

Study finds TV shows with ethnically diverse casts, writers have higher ratings



‘Dear White People’ the film and TV show’s author: Justin Simien.

Get Out – feature film by Jordan Peele. Us-poster.jpg



Part 2.

  • Have you ever encountered stereotypes for your cultural background or ethnicity?
  • Have you ever been stereotyped by someone else?
  • What happened and what was the impact on you?





Being an Ally to ‘people of colour’

Comedy –

Mindy Kaling’s show:

Kumail Nanjiani

Labour party ad.

Skin colour

 Hair and beauty standards

Part 3. What does the term ‘white’ mean?

‘Stuff white people like’:



Part 4.

Who is the ‘OTHER’ person? What is ‘Othering’?

Brown eyes Blue Eyes experiment


‘Orientalism’ by Edward Said

The first time a theorist had written about the colonial views on the Middle and Far east and Asia.


Ask a Muslim project

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Indigenous identity





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