This link is a link to my creative project… a Jeopardy inspired game.
Initially, I was intimidated by the creative pieces presented in class because of their unique and artistic qualities. My talent as a dancer is mediocre at best; my knowledge for producing videos is not much better. With that in mind, I thought I could write a decent research paper having done so throughout my college career. After thinking more on my own and recalling what the professor had said about the purpose of the final project, I changed my mind. This project gave the producer the flexibility and opportunity to make something beyond the rigid format of a research paper. Granted, my creative piece follows the format of a well-known game show; however, the content of the piece focuses solely on Asian Americans in pop culture. The game I created mirrors the format of a Jeopardy board with five categories and five answers per category.
Why did I choose to make a game similar to Jeopardy? I chose to create a game similar to Jeopardy because not only was the game a favorite of mine growing up, it also offers an educational format to inform others. Coming into this class on the first day, it was clear I lacked basic knowledge about the history of Asian Americans and their roles in pop culture. From yellow terror to the effeminate portrayal of Asian American men, I had not realized how, for a long time, Asian American roles were so narrowly defined by media executives, producers, directors, writers, etc. As Kent Ono espouses in Asian Americans and the Media, “it is important to understand the larger racial structure, the logics of race, racism, and racial representation, and the media’s relationship to the production and reproduction of race, racism, and racial discourses” to combat the insensitivity towards but not limited to the differences of Asian Americans (Ono and Pham, 7). I seek to use my creative piece to give an introduction to some definitions, prominent Asian Americans, and other miscellaneous tidbits of information.
My game seeks to engage many participants in active discussions based on the questions presented in the game. I wanted to share a game I grew up watching and indirectly participating in from the comfort of my house with others. Hopefully, this game can serve as a means for debate and reflection on many of the topics covered in Asian American pop culture.