In addition to informative insights on representation and casting, the Geena Davis Institute partnered with CAPE and Gold House to design a series of interventions. We encourage visitors to the ReSource to read the full study, and have highlighted the interventions related to the Development process below.Read the Report
- Recognize the difference between representation and tokenization. One respondent highlighted that, “there is a fine line between tokenization and representation.”
- When telling API stories, show the good and the bad. Let API characters be dynamic, funny, flawed, and messy, and avoid reinforcing common tropes or stereotypes. Humanizing API characters begins with multidimensional portrayals.
- Recognize that racism is unfortunately real and that pretending it does not exist contributes to the problem. The cultural assumption that Asians don’t face racism in this country because they are stereotyped as being “successful” is harmful and contributes to violence against Asian people.
- Center API characters and experiences. Move APIs to the center of the frame rather than keeping them on the margins as a sidekick or un/underdeveloped character supporting a white protagonist.
- Tell more varied stories and be mindful of overrepresented stories. There is a danger in the single story.
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