Asian Representation

Asian actors and actresses are getting lead roles in popular movies.

Bringing in 35 million dollars within the first week and receiving an audience score of 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” features an all Asian cast and was hit among everyone. The majority of big-time producers don’t cast Asians to play lead roles. When Asians are featured, their characters’ traits are often very stereotypical.

According to usnews.com, Troy High is 34 percent Asian, so an entirely Asian cast caught the attention of many students in a short amount of time. Senior Liv Tu, who is half Chinese and half Polish, was excited to watch it.

“The fact that the whole cast is Asian I think that is pretty awesome,” Tu said. “It should be really important because Asians are talented too.”

Tu watched the movie with her close friends a week after it came out.

Asian representation in the entertainment industry didn’t stop there. Just two days after “Crazy Rich Asians” was released, Netflix came out with a teen romantic comedy “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” which was adapted from a book by Jenny Han. The film features a Korean American actress named Lana Condor as the main character.

As a Taiwanese American, freshman Elise Hsiao was proud to see so much success surrounding Asians in big movies like these.

I feel like we’re finally getting some more attention, which I think is a good thing because there’s more recognition of Asians now after all these movies came out.”

— Elise Hsiao

Now that more Asians are being featured in popular movies, Asian Americans can better connect to the characters they see on screen. Having a feeling of representation on screen allows minorities to feel like they’re more included.

“I think it’s pretty cool that we got all this representation that hits home,” Tu said.