Stereotypes, Tropes, and Miscastings Stereotypes of Asian characters in films are as old as Hollywood itself, and they continue. Often overt, sometimes covert, the tropes have taken several forms, but all are filled with exoticism and otherness. The inability to speak English without an accent or using pidgin doesn't get in the way of being highly intelligent in the form of mystically wise, criminally clever, or geeky.
In the months leading up to its release and even in the weeks after, there was plenty of discussion about what a movie like CRA could mean for the Asian-American community and for future Asian-centric movies and TV shows. If the movie did well — as no shortage of industry think-pieces pointed out — it could open doors for other movies and TV shows starring Asian faces. Suffice to say, it passed the litmus test.
To All the Boys … is set to debut on Netflix and is about Lara Jean, a teen romantic who discovers her private love letters have been mailed to their recipients. You can see this trend extend to the romantic comedy genre. Love is a concept that has obvious universal appeal, yet the most-funded romcoms have by and large focused primarily on the lives of white characters.
Rather, Crazy Rich Asians is a moving, funny, beautifully shot romantic comedy showcasing a modern Asian diaspora who speak English as their primary language. With this significant imbalance, movie audiences have had very limited exposure on the big screen to the diversity they most likely see in everyday life, as well as alienating Asian viewers and doing nothing for preconceived, problematic notions of Asians as the funny sidekick, the kung-fu master, the chopstick-yielding exchange student, and every other broad stereotype that has played out in film. Beyond the predictable and limited examples of Asians depicted in mainstream film, Hollywood also ostracized Asian actors through its tendency to whitewash films by casting Caucasian actors in Asian roles — something that Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asiansthe novel that was adapted into the film — was no stranger to.
In addition to this highlight, there have been other noteworthy milestones for Asians in the film industry. Representation on screen is not the only platform where Asians have been gaining recognition; Asian artists have proven to be just as powerful in the music industry as well. During the Grammy Awards, an impressive amount of Asian artists were recognized for their work including H.
It is the connective tissue that runs through her decidedly scattershot career. Soon, it will be reaching millions more ears thanks to her lead roles in blockbuster Disney property Raya and the Last Dragon and the live-action The Little Mermaidif you believe the rumoursthe new SpongeBob SquarePants movie, and her autobiographical, eponymous Comedy Central sitcom. After an adolescent infatuation with the brass instrument, in she became a comedy-rap star, winning YouTube fame with her genitalia-based trash-talk track My Vag.
Awkwafina looks at her life as pre- and post— Crazy Rich Asians. She, like many Asian Americans in film and TV, found that the roles available to them rarely reflected their actual experiences; instead, they serviced white stories or leaned on stereotypes. Over the past decade, Asian Americans have become showrunners, studio executives, lead agents and producers; they have formed tight-knit groups to champion one another and their stories.
Months before "Crazy Rich Asians" premiered, the film was already being celebrated for being a rare Hollywood studio film in which all the main actors are of Asian descent. But director Jon M. Chu has said that his goal is for "Crazy Rich Asians" to be not just a landmark film, but to start a movement for greater Asian American representation in Hollywood. It's a daunting task, especially considering that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, who are often included to create the broader category "Asian Pacific American" embody a vast array of cultural, religious, linguistic and economic backgrounds.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a celebration first introduced in before the observance was officially passed into law by congress in To mark the occasion, we spoke to nine Asian actors about their experiences in Hollywood, the continued struggle for representation, and the Asian-driven books, shows and films that have inspired them along the way. I went from working year-round to working sporadically, and to be honest, this took a while to get used to.
Success of Awkwafina's 'The Farewell' proves diversity is good business. Directed by Lulu Wang, based on her own experiences, the film tells the story of Billi, a Chinese American woman who returns to China when her beloved grandmother is terminally ill. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep Grandma in the dark about her disease and to stage a wedding intended to bring everyone together one last time.