Asian Stock Photos Are Often Stereotypical, So We Shot Our Own

In stock shots, East Asian–Americans are often peripheral characters or stereotypes like doctors and students.
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Stock photography of East Asian–Americans often depicts us as peripheral characters or stereotypically as doctors or students. In 2018, that’s perplexing.

At a time when Asian-Americans are demanding proper representation beyond the model minority myth, imagery plays an important role in busting the idea that we’re a monolith. Asians account for 5.1 percent of the U.S. population, but only about 3 percent of Hollywood film roles go to Asian actors, so photography is important in addressing a lack of representation.

We wanted to ensure our diverse visual stories are told, so we shot our own stock photos of Asian-Americans of all types ― people of different gender identities, ages and body types with varying styles, hair colors and professions.

Check them out below and start seeing more Asians sitewide on HuffPost.

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