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.
Mickey Rooney as Mr. Ashton Kutcher as a Bollywood producer, Raj, in a commercialhis skin darkened, a brown mustache affixed to his face, speaking in a cheap singsong voice, swaying his body, which is clad in a bright blue silk sherwani, back and forth to imitate the Indian head waggle. I have never quite seen myself on-screen.
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Growing up in Scarborough, a diverse Toronto suburb, I was surrounded by strong Asian women, including my mom and many aunts, but onscreen women who looked like me were usually relegated to bit parts and background extras. With Cassandra, I saw someone I could finally relate to. Of the top-grossing domestic films ofnone featured an Asian person in a leading role, according to one USC Annenberg study.
It's often said that August is one of the slowest times for movies, with most summer blockbusters having come and gone and fall's Oscar season picks not yet out. But August is not your normal time at the theater, thanks to the release of a little movie called Crazy Rich Asians. The Singapore-set rom-com is not only one of the most highly-anticipated films of the year, but a groundbreaking project due to the fact that it's the first major Hollywood movie to star Asian actors in 25 years.
She's also a badass who's taking on Hollywood's "yellowface issue," one photo at a time. For those of you who don't know, the entertainment world has a problematic tendency to cast white people in roles for characters of different races. Remember the shit storm that ensued when Cameron Crowe cast white actress Emma Stone to play a half-Asian woman in his film Aloha last year?
Jamie Jilynn Chung born April 10, is an American actressand former reality television personality. She is regarded by many as the Real World alumna with the most successful media career. Chung received critical acclaim for her lead performance in the independent drama film about domestic human trafficking Eden.
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.