"Crazy Rich Asians" director Jon M. Chu addressed criticism that South Asian characters in the film are only seen in stereotypical, subservient roles, saying he wished he made them "more human" https://t.co/yVKyboZDJS— TheWrap (@TheWrap) June 8, 2021
Jon M. Chu regrets casting South Asian characters in his film “Crazy Rich Asians” in stereotypical roles, wishing he did something extra to make them seem “more human.”
Many of the darker-skinned South Asian characters are seen sparingly and only in parts such as servants or as guards. The film was criticized at the time in that regard, and Chu now addressed that criticism, saying he didn’t want to stray too far from author Kevin Kwan’s source material.
South Asian characters were present at the big wedding scene at the end of the film, Chu didn’t make them visible and included. He hopes to “pay more attention to that stuff” in the future.
“I didn’t understand some of the other contexts to that. So hearing it from people, for me, it was a learning experience. They’re just sort of there. I don’t give them the space to be there.”