Daisy (xdaisyxlovesxbb) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Asian-American Actors Are Fighting for Visibility. They Will Not Be Ignored.

  • Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat) talked about how when she booked FOTB, she wasn’t aware of how significant her role was even though she hear how it has been 20 years since a show with a predominantly Asian-American cast aired on tv. She was more focused on paying her rent but has since changed her perspective and focus her self-interest to Asian American interest. She compares getting roles for Asian-American actors to training for the Olympics where the actor only gets a leading role one or twice in a lifetime.

  • Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-O/The King and I) talks about how it is hard to make a living as an actor and it puts actors of color in a very difficult position. He started his own production company, 3AD because he was tired of waiting for Hollywood to create roles for Asian-Americans.

  • BD Wong (Gotham) said that it is stereotypical to think Asian Americans do not speak up when they are getting to people’s face about it.

  • The article lists many movies that have whitewash Asian characters in movies such as Aloha, Death Note, The Martian, Absolute Fabulous, Doctor Strange, Ghost in the Shell and more. The article points out how studios think that they are being diverse because they cast Tilda Swinton in a male role and Chiwetel Ejiofor in a role that is supposed to be white. The article points out how Emma Stone and the director of Doctor Strange have acknowledged their racist moves.

  • The article mention Chris Rock’s gross Asian joke at the Oscar and the letter written to the academy.

  • Tv has allow more Asian-Americans to play roles where they are leads, love interest and stars in family sitcoms. Examples include Fresh Off the Boat, Dr. Ken, Priyanka Chopra in Quantico, Vincent Rodriguez III in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Mindy Kaling in The Mindy Project and Lucy Liu in Elementary.

  • Asian-Americans make up 5.4% of the US population but only more than half of film, tv, and streaming properties feature zero named or speaking Asian characters. In 2014, 1.4%  of lead characters are Asian.

  • The article talks about how the audiences and internet has help people be aware of this issue. They include the #StaringJohnCho’s meme going around. The creator of the hashtag talk about how it started out as a joke but realize that having an Asian-American actor starring in a lead role wasn’t so crazy after all.  Aziz Ansari points out how Hollywood is being shamed into diversity and moving at a snail’s pace. He points out that the movie posters only feature white people.

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Tags: actor / actress, asian celebrities, aziz ansari, film, hawaii five-o (cbs), television

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