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ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Will the real Boris stand up? This glasnost business is getting perplexing. For years we knew exactly who the Soviets were. We saw them in movies and on television, saw them in commercials, saw them depicted as shapeless women in boots and babushkas or as thick-necked brutes with bald heads. They were at once objects of our fear and the butts of our jokes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1992 | VIVIEN LOU CHEN
When Dustin Nguyen starred in a prime-time TV series and gained a nationwide following of teen-age fans, he thought his acting career was securely launched. But Nguyen, who has repeatedly refused stereotyped roles, today is out of work. From 1986 to 1990, he played a hip, wise-cracking and sharply dressed undercover cop on Fox Television's "21 Jump Street." Though it was canceled last year, the show earned critical respect for its careful treatment of social issues affecting young adults.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1992
Regarding Kim Kowsky's article, "The Gadfly and the Clerk" (Times, March 1). When was the last time you saw a "gray, coiffed hair and sturdy chin . . . librarian"? I am a librarian at Beverly Hills Public Library and not one librarian on the staff is gray--except for the gentleman who is supervisor of the reference department, and I hardly think his hair is coiffed. Be careful of stereotypes. JUNE LEWIN Los Angeles
NEWS
December 19, 1991
I read Greg Beckmann's article on rocket scientists ("The Bright Stuff?") on Dec. 6 with some amusement. But there is a serious side. Stereotyping people always hurts. I am surprised at how fast people who would never use a racial epithet will call another person a disparaging name like nerd and shun them socially--and for no other reason than that the other person works at a technical job. If the car salesman had refused to sell Lawrence Ross a car because Ross was a member of a politically acceptable minority instead of because Ross was an engineer, would The Times have found the incident so funny?
SPORTS
March 21, 1992
In response to your story on Byron Scott (March 17): Like many other Afro-Americans, I am sick and tired of reading and hearing sad stories told by black athletes, who, by repeatedly telling these tales, reinforce stereotypes about black men and black neighborhoods. Professional athletes are a very small minority in a race of more than 30 million black Americans. But, since they are interviewed more frequently than any other segment of the race, their power in reinforcing stereotypes is much greater than their numbers.
NEWS
February 16, 1990
Regarding "Why Marry Outside of the Fold?" (Jan. 23): The article reads like something dated 1890 instead of 1990. Are there still people who stereotype males and females in those roles? Does any individual aware of the economic and social conditions in our world today feel that Jewish women sit around hoping for a passive, successful but unsexy Jewish man to make her life complete? And as for that man who was quoted as saying he "would never marry a Jewish woman to avoid giving a Jewish mother to his children," on behalf of the Jewish women of America, I would like to thank him--he's one to avoid.
NEWS
July 19, 1990 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New history and social studies books proposed for California elementary and junior high schools contain many inaccuracies, misinterpretations and racial and religious stereotypes, a parade of speakers told a state curriculum review committee Wednesday.
NEWS
October 23, 1996 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of the controversy linking a Democratic Party fund-raiser to illicit foreign donations, Asian American leaders in Los Angeles and other cities across the country on Tuesday accused several influential newspapers of "perpetuating the stereotype" by failing to distinguish Americans of Asian ancestry from Asians.
NEWS
November 21, 1999 | From Associated Press
The airline industry's profile of suspicious passengers is primarily at fault for two Saudi Arabian men being handcuffed and hauled off a plane, Arab American leaders said Saturday. "When someone asks a funny question, if he happens to be of color, it's [a] security risk," said Khalil Jahshan, president of the National Assn. of Arab Americans.
OPINION
June 15, 2002
Re "Ebony and Ivory Come Together in Eminem," Commentary, June 7: Crispin Sartwell wrote a column rife with contradictions that smash the stereotypes he himself draws from to make his point. Sartwell claims that rapper Eminem is some sort of embodiment of real white culture. Perhaps it's just the generation I belong to, but it is apparent that there is no white culture and there is no black culture--at least not anymore. How else could white Eminem be considered a commanding pioneer in a "black" art?
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