It’s always great to see more Asian faces on TV, especially in commercials. As more companies are integrating Asian Americans in their television ads, it’s opening up more opportunities for Asian actors and actresses. Although it is rare, there are still some commercials that play out stereotypical roles. For example, here’s the new DirecTV commercial featuring Vietnamese comedian Dat Phan.
In the commercial, Dat plays an unnamed Asian male that portrays a lot of negative Asian stereotypes. First, he has an strong Asian/Vietnamese accentÂ when he speaks, he’s depicted as a gambler and he’s “small“. These are typical stereotypes that American society pegs on Asians which is not cool. So it’s a bit of a catch-22. Do we embrace the fact that we have a fellow Asian brother on TV? Or do we boycott the commercial for displaying such distasteful stereotypes? Press play to check out the commercial and let us know your opinion in the comments below.