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All Orientals Look the Same

Valerie Soe

1986 00:02:00 United StatesEnglishColorStereo4:3Video


Snapshots of individuals from all parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands form a stream of images that blankly proves the fallacy of the title phrase. Soe challenges viewers to recognize the failure of vision that underlies this common misperception, and the failure of understanding that creates and propagates such generalizations.

Spanish subtitled version available.


About Valerie Soe

Valerie Soe is a fourth-generation Chinese American from the San Francisco Bay area. Her video pieces are personal expressions of her experience as a Chinese-American woman, and treat intersecting issues of race, social prejudice, and the politics of difference in mainstream American culture and marginalized Chinese-American culture.

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