A new study, “Tokens on the Small Screen,” reports on the ongoing underrepresentation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) on prime time television and streaming television. It is the most comprehensive report on this topic to date. The Report concludes that while AAPI actors have increasing opportunities today, AAPIs are still underrepresented on television and their characters remain marginalized and tokenized on screen.
We, professors and scholars from six California universities, authored this ten-year follow up and expansion of our 2005 and 2006 studies of AAPIs in prime time television. In our new study, we painstakingly evaluate broadcast, cable, and streaming television scripted shows airing between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016. We report on how AAPI series regulars fare in numbers, settings, screen time, relationships, stereotypes, and storylines. The full report is available on September 12, 2017 at AAPIsOnTV.com