Dominant Representations in “Fine China” by Chris Brown

There are a variety of dominant representations of different societies and the people within the cultures and subcultures of these. People have a conceptual map of these representations that can lead to false controlling images from the acceptance and reproduction of stereotypical images in the media. This week, I came across a new music video that just got released by Chris Brown. The video is for his song called “Fine China.” Although I am not the biggest Chris Brown fan, I actually thought the song was pretty catchy and cute because it says how the leading lady in the song is, “Uncollectible like fine china” and the beat has a nice up-tempo R&B rhythm to it. The video though, portrays a very stereotypical image of Asian gangsters. The video is about how Chris Brown falls in love with the daughter of a triad leader. There are several stereotypical scenes that take place in the video. First, it shows an older generation way of thinking because the triad boss does not like how his daughter is with Chris Brown, whom he describes as an “outsider” and a “thug.” Even though she knows her father does not approve of her being with Chris Brown, she still leaves with Chris Brown in the middle of their conversation.  The video’s narrative can also be seen through the integration of the forbidden interracial relationship, which is also an older generation way of thinking. Then there is a kung fu mixed with dancing scene of Chris Brown fighting off some of the tough triad members in a club that he takes the daughter to. Of course, Chris Brown managed to fight off the tough guys all by himself. Towards the end of the music video, Chris Brown and the daughter of the triad leader end up trapped in a dark alley by her father and members of the triad. Most of the members were on a motorcycle, which looks very similar to the Johnny Tran motorcycle scene in the movie The Fast and the Furious that also, in a less significant way, shows some sort of Asian mafia. The video mainly depicts the dominant representation of Asian gangsters that are part of a triad whose leader’s daughter falls in love with the wrong guy. In a minor way, the video reminds of the Jet Li movie, Romeo Must Die, because of the mafia how the interracial relationship is also forbidden. The connections I can make between Chris Brown’s music video and other movies shows how stereotypes are constantly being reproduced in media and become dominant stereotypical images through music and films. In return, these stereotypes become controlling images whether they are true or not. 

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One thought on “Dominant Representations in “Fine China” by Chris Brown

  1. Great analysis of this video, Sahara! Your consideration of how the video reflects other APA movies and the discussion of the interracial relationship shows a lot of insight. It might also be interesting to consider how the video is framing Chris Brown’s character in comparison to the others.

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