I realize that one of the way of effectively ministering to Asian-Americans is to speak to their hearts about their intrinsic worth in God’s eyes. Much of the messages we receive from American media and entertainment make us define the ideal person with worth as tall, white, and thin–with blonde hair and blue eyes. Heaven forbid they would be short with black hair and slanty eyes.

The following quotes come from a recent article: “My Life: Asian Americans Focus of PBS Film” in the Sampan, a Boston-based Chinese-English newspaper. Adam Smith writes about a PBS short film that tells the story of an Asian-American teenager dealing with the challenges of her life. I didn’t get a chance to see the film, which aired on January 7, so I can’t make an endorsement for it. But the Sampan article itself raised some interesting points. You can read the full text here.

…Actress Di Quon says she’s spent much of her acting career playing the same role that many Asian American actors get stuck with. The “friend” of the main character. Case in point: Her first big break in 2002 was as Lily Kim, a seamstress and friend of Jennifer Lopez’s character in “Maid In Manhattan.”…

“There’s not really a lot of representation for Asian Americans on television,” said Quon, noting that many Asians are relegated to roles as either “foreigners” or to roles that fit too nicely into common stereotypes.