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Asian Migration and Global Cities

Anne Cong-Huyen, Jonathan Young Banfill, Katherine Herrera, Samantha Ching, Natalie Yip, Thania Lucero, Randy Mai, Candice Lau, Authors

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Cultural Texts: San Francisco, a Romanticized City

 Movies like Just Like Heaven, Princess Diaries, and The Wedding Planner are great depictions of the romanticized city of San Francisco. In these movies, they all revolved around a young woman, finding love in the city of San Francisco, showcasing its iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Cable Car, Transamerica Building, and Golden Gate Park.

Similar to the tourism website, these movies hype up the idealistic view of love, weddings, and marriage. In these trailers, the storyline focuses on the main character as an independent, strong willed woman who is seemingly content with their independence. However, in the end, these female character always fall in love with a male individual who potentially end up making their lives infinitely better.

These representations are similar to classic Disney movies in which they showcase a happy ending, and the stereotypical view of woman requiring a man to rescue their individuality. What it says about this city is that  it's a place one will meet their true love through impossible obstacles. In Just Like Heaven, she returns as a spirit and meets her true love. In Princess Diaries, she is unknowingly the daughter of a king. In the Wedding Planner, she falls in love with her client who is the fiance of someone else. These media texts represent the statement reiterated in the tourism website that "San Francisco is a city of love" and with this belief in mind, anything is possible.

However, San Francisco is more than just a city of love and possibilities, but of hardship and challenges as well similar to the Asian American struggles that coincide with American history.
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