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The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood

The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood

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by James Robert Parish
     
 
The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood is an exhaustive reference to the treatment and progress of five different ethnic groups in the world's most visible industry. This book explores the various stereotypes propagated by television and the movies, as well as the breakthrough shows and films that shattered them. The text is divided into five sections:

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The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood is an exhaustive reference to the treatment and progress of five different ethnic groups in the world's most visible industry. This book explores the various stereotypes propagated by television and the movies, as well as the breakthrough shows and films that shattered them. The text is divided into five sections: African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Jewish Americans, and Native Americans. Each section examines the representation of that particular ethnic group both on-screen and behind the camera. Presented in an easy-to-use, A-to-Z format, each comprehensive section offers an account detailing landmark films, movies, and television series relevant to that group; biographical entries covering key personalities; and topical entries covering key themes, genres, and fictional characters. An extensive index helps guide students, researchers, and general readers.

Entries in the African Americans section include:
  • Amistad
  • Amos 'n' Andy
  • Black action films
  • The Flip Wilson Show
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Billy Dee Williams
Entries in the Asian Americans section include:
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (a.k.a.: Wo hu zang long)
  • The Karate Kid
  • Bruce Lee
  • M*A*S*H
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Shanghai Express
Entries in the Hispanic Americans section include:
  • American Me
  • Antonio Banderas
  • I Love Lucy
  • Maria Montez
  • Romero
  • Saved by the Bell
Entries in the Jewish Americans section include:
  • Woody Allen
  • The blacklist
  • Blazing Saddles
  • David and Bathsheba
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Shelley Winters
Entries in the Native Americans section include:
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Broken Arrow
  • I Will Fight No More Forever
  • Mala
  • Chief Sitting Bull.



About the Authors:

James Robert Parish has authored more that 93 books on the entertainment industry and its personalities, including Today's Black Hollywood, The Hollywood Celebrity Death Book, Gays and Lesbians in Mainstream Cinema and Hollywood Baby Boomers. Mr. Parish is a frequent on camera interviewee on cable and network television documentaries about the performing arts. He lives in California.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The prolific Parish adds to his lengthy collection of film reference works (Today's Black Hollywood) this handy guide to ethnic television and movies, spanning the stereotypical to the breakthrough roles and films of the silent era to the present. The book is divided into five sections corresponding to five distinct ethnicities: African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Jewish Americans, and Native Americans. Within each section are alphabetical entries (1,611 in total) on individual films, TV shows, performers, characters, and special topics (e.g., cooking series, historical dramas). These are well written, balanced, and insightful, and most run roughly half a page long and underscore the significance of the subject in ethnic film history. Several internal cross references and a detailed index make locating information simple, although it is easy to skip into the wrong section accidentally. Including 100 small, black-and-white photos and an excellent bibliography, this volume especially shines in its up-to-the-minute entries (2003 films are occasionally cited), rare in reference works. Numerous other excellent titles focus on specific ethnic groups-e.g., Jacquelyn Kilpatrick's Celluloid Indians, Donald Bogle's Blacks in American Films and Television, Patricia Erens's The Jew in American Cinema, Luis Reyes and Peter Rubie's Hispanics in Hollywood, and Jun Xing's Asian America Through the Lens-but Parish's book is extremely welcome for combining information on these disparate groups. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ., TX Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816046041
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Facts on File Film Reference Library
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
9.02(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.55(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully concise, detailed, and helpful general reference source for anyone researching ethnicity in the major films, television shows and performers of the past century. The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood is easy to read, gives only the important highlights of each title and personality, and is well-indexed. The photographs in the book are nostalgic and illustrative. It's all in here -- the breakthroughs, the award winners, the important firsts, as well as other contributions that make Hollywood history and today's Hollywood unique.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Film historian James Robert Parish has done it again! Like all his numerous books, 'The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood' is comprehensive, thoroughly accurate and immensely readable. The sheer research is astounding and Mr. Parish never ignores the fascinating tidbit that enlivens film history. Bravo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movies have always help guide and shape moviegoers into an an understanding of who they are, where they're from, and where they're going. But much of the vast American public has been virtually invisible on the screen -- which is why this book is so valuable. Our overlooked ethnic groups -- African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Jewish Americans, and Native Americans -- now have a wonderful reference source to help them understand who they are, where they're from, where they're going. This encyclopedia may be a bit pricey for average bookbuyers (where's the cheaper paperback edition?), but it will be criminal if every library in the country doesn't make it readily available.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jim Parish has outdone himself with this voluminous, impeccably researched work which is a concept long overdue in the publishing world. It is a wonderful tome and a reference book which will be quite useful as well as enjoyable to read. Well worth the money! Cough up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Parish has done it again. With The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood, he supplies a much-needed treasure trove of information about the ethnic diversity that continues to enrich American films. All of the groups profiled have had other excellent books written about the challenges they faced to become a part of the mainstream of American culture. But this book, by its sheer volume and amount of information, shows the advances each group has made in becoming tightly woven into the fabric of American culture - as well as the stupid blunders made by filmmakers of the past. Equal attention is given to African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Jewish Americans and Native Americans, making the reader reflect on the history and culture of the United States itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lot of books related to Hollywood pass themselves off as encyclopedias, but this one really deserves the title. It is even more comprehensive than I would have imagined. While a great resource for anyone writing about the film industry, it's incredibly readable for anyone who's just interested in movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Robert Parish delivers one more interesting and highly readable tome: Ethnic Groups in Hollywood. Unlike Parish's other books, this comes in a different format: separate entries for performers, films, TV series, and themes. Like Parish's other books, those entries are extremely well written and are very informative. An amazing source of information that'll interest and entertain film scholars and film fans alike.