Yet elsewhere in the arts, Asian-Americans have flourished: as poets, writers, directors, photographers, fashion designers, architects, interior decorators and visual artists.
Only in the representational arts do Asians remain unseen — mostly in film and television, but in music, too, and, to a lesser degree, on the runway.
And even if Asian men weren’t portrayed as the yellow-faced villain or the neutered helpmate, they were still always the other.
In it, a young Chinese-American woman goes on a date with her white boyfriend to a sushi restaurant in Harlem.
It calls to mind the coded language used to describe Asians and Asian-Americans: “hard-working” instead of brilliant, “diligent” but not dazzling, “focused” but not naturally gifted.