Whitewashing and yellow face is nothing new in Hollywood. It’s a sad fact that is still present in the industry. Only recently did we witness this in the movies “Doctor Strange,” “Ghost In The Shell,” and Netflix’s “Death Note.”
But in past years, we seem to get a glimpse of proper Asian cultural representation in Hollywood. With the premiere of movies like “Crazy Rich Asians” and the casting of an actual Chinese actress for “Mulan”, it’s safe to say that we’re on our way there.
The rise of Asian actors in the film and TV industry are finally giving more opportunities for Asians and Asian Americans. Actors like Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Ki Hong Lee (The Maze Runner Trilogy) are just a few familiar names that have become known in Hollywood in the recent years that passed. It appears that Jackie Chan isn’t the only Asian we’ll last see in Hollywood movies.
There are a lot more names that are about to take over, so here are a few to watch out for in the coming years:
Crystal Lui (Liu Yifei)
Chinese actress, Crystal Lui, will be the leading star in the Disney classic film, Mulan. She has 53 million fans on Weibo and she has been acting for over a decade now. She’s definitely a promising Disney Princess and we can’t wait for the movie coming out in 2019!
Singaporean-American actor, Ross Butler, has been everybody’s crush since he starred in 13 Reasons Why as Zach Dempsey. But before he was the soft boy athlete in Liberty High, he appeared at K.C. Undercover as Zendaya’s forbidden love, and Reggie Mantle in Riverdale. Now, he’ll be joining the superhero squad in DC’s Shazam!
You’ll be seeing Vietnamese-born American actress, Lana Condor, in the adapted film of the best-selling novel of Korean author, Jenny Han. That’s right – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before will become a movie! In partnership with Netflix and Awesomeness TV, it will be released this summer 2018!
Korean actor Justin Chon is a multi-hyphenate wonder. He’s an actor, director, and a YouTube personality! If he didn’t catch your eye in the Twilight series as Eric Yorkie, you’ll definitely appreciate him for Gook – the recent movie he starred and directed which won the Next Category in Sundance Film Festival.
We’re raving about the recently released trailer Crazy Rich Asians! The upcoming movie adaptation of the best-selling book by Kevin Kwan is something we’ve all been waiting for. Constance Wu will star in the big screen and we just KNOW we’re going to be peeing our pants in August! She made us laugh as Jessica in the hit ABC comedy series, Fresh Off The Boat, so we’re sure she’s not going to disappoint!
Which of these films are you excited for? Let us know in the comments below!