All Orientals Look the Same by Valerie Soe
Time warp! 1986 is a year in a time when multiculturalism was being idealized, diversity tokenizing the presence of people of color, viewing America as a melting pot, and so on. 1986 is also the year Valerie Soe created his video, challenging the stereotype that “All Orientals Look the Same.” Soe challenges this stereotype when in between each statement spoken by a seemingly white male authoritative voice, she speaks a different national identity. What it meant to be “Asian American” at this time period meant a pan-ethnic approach, and instead of generalizing all Asians into one group, Soe brings agency and subjectivity to the diversity within the API community, all to challenge this one generalization that not only conflates all Asians into one category, but also reproduces a foreign perspective on our bodies. Everyone positioned at the center of the frame also stares straight back at the video’s viewers contesting the possible objectification induced by the gaze.