Asians in Hollywood more visible than ever

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If it seems like you are seeing more projects involving Asian performers and storytellers, you are not wrong.

Hollywood appears to be having a bit of a boom these days with content created by and starring people of Asian descent.
It’s been a long time coming.
    quando “Pazzi e ricchi asiatici” è stato rilasciato in 2018, it became the first major Hollywood studio movie sinceThe Joy Luck Clubcame out in ’93 — sì, 25 anni prima — to feature a predominantly Asian cast.
    io talked to some of the “Pazzi e ricchi asiatici” stars then, and Ronny Chieng, who played Edison “Eddie” Cheng in the movie, touched on the need to broaden inclusivity in the entertainment industry.
    We promote Asian storytelling. Not just Asian stories, but Asian people in stories with the full spectrum of the human experience,” Chieng said at the time. “When you say, 'Oh, it’s not enough attention on Asians, it’s more black and white, that game becomes like you’re playing the discrimination Olympics.
    Here’s where we are seeing more representation:
    Kelly Mi Li (sinistra) and Kane Lim (destra) are shown in a scene from "Bling Empire."

    Reality TV: “Pazzi e ricchi asiatici” ushered in a fascination with the wealthiest and most successful in the culture including docuseriesHouse of Ho” su HBO Max (which is owned by CNN’s parent company) e “Singapore Social” su Netflix.
    Il newest rich kid on the block, Netflix's “Impero di Bling,” is my own personal obsession at the moment.
    I talked to one of its cast members and producers, Christine Chiu, la settimana scorsa. She shared her theory as to why it has taken a while for reality projects about and starring Asians to catch Hollywood’s attention.
    I believe that the Asian culture is just very private, I don’t want to fault the entertainment industry for not giving us an earlier shot so to speak,” Chiu said. “I do feel that the industry does want to have cultural diversity because it does serve them well. Case in point, look at ‘Bridgerton.'
    “Impero di Bling” also explores real racial and cultural challenges faced by some of the cast members, like model Kevin Kreider’s identity struggle from having been adopted from Korea into a White family in the US. This topic is something he also had explored in Doris Yeung’s 2019 documentario, “The Ugly Model.
    E, ovviamente, Indian Matchmakingwas a huge hit for Netflix last year.
    Lead character Raya is voiced by Kelly Marie Tran in "Raya and the Last Dragon."

    Film: Chloé Zhao became the first woman of Asian descent to receive a Golden Globe nomination for best director mercoledì. The drama “Nomadland” è anche nominated for best motion picture.
    And there are more projects coming.
    Mortal Kombat” protagonista Lewis Tan is set to be released in April and “Pazzi e ricchi asiatici” director Jon M. Chu has reportedly been tapped to direct the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musicalWicked.
    The forthcoming Disney animated filmRaya and the Last Dragonhas sparked discussion.
    The movie is about a young woman named Raya (voiced by Kelly Marie Tran), who is on a quest to find the last dragon in order to unite a people.
    It features stars of Asian ethnicity, including Tran, Golden Globe-winning actress Sandra Oh, Awkwafina and Gemma Chan. Ma the casting stirred controversy, given that the story in the film has a Southeast Asian origin and many of the actors cast are of East Asian ancestry.
    Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (third from left) stars in "Never Have I Ever."

    Televisione: Netflix won both viewers and rave reviews last year forNever Have I Ever.Starring Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, the dramedy is about a South Asian American teen and her life following a family tragedy.
    Korean American actor Daniel Dae Kim shared the news last month that he has snagged his first lead role in a TV series in the second season of Nat Geo’s anthology thrillerThe Hot Zone.
    Hardly the biggest news given what’s going on in the world today,” he tweeted on January 13. “Ma dopo 31 years of working in TV, this is my first series lead.
    The TV gods giveth and they taketh away, tuttavia, as last year marked the ending of “Appena sceso dalla barca,” a beloved sitcom about a Taiwanese American family that ran for six seasons on ABC.
    (Da sinistra) Blackpink members Jisoo, Rosé, Jennie and Lisa formed their hit girl group in 2016.

    Music: This one was almost too easy because there are no bigger groups in the word right now than K-pop boy band BTS and girl group Blackpink.
    The latter was the subject of a Netflix documentary released in October.

    For your weekend

    Three things to watch:
    ‘Bliss
    Owen Wilson (sinistra) and Salma Hayek (destra) star in "Bliss."

    Ahhh, amore.
    In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, check out this mind-bending love story that follows the recently divorced and unemployed Greg (Owen Wilson) as he meets the mysterious Isabel (Salma Hayek), who lives on the streets and is convinced the world around them is just a computer simulation.
    Blissstarts streaming on Amazon Prime Friday.
    'Malcolm & Marie’
    Zendaya (sinistra) and John David Washington (destra) star in "Malcolm & Marie."

    February is also Black History Month, so let’s give some love to two of the premiere young, Black actors of our time.
    John David Washington and Zendaya star in this Netflix film described as featuringsmoldering tensions” e “painful revelations.
    It looks hella intense and I can’t wait. “Malcolm & Marie” starts streaming Friday.
    Erin Jackson appears in season two of "Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready."

    Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready’ Stagione 2
    Tiffany Haddish has found success in comedy and is sharing the wealth.
    The second season of her series showcases comics like Erin Jackson, whom Haddish handpicked to perform 15-to-20-minute sets. Get ready to laugh yourpandemic pounds off.
    They Readyis currently streaming on Netflix.
    Two things to listen to:
    Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performs onstage during the "Rock in Rio" festival at the Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro, nel mese di settembre 2019.

    Credici o no, the rock band Foo Fighters has been around for more than 25 anni.
    The group feels timeless partly because it just seems to keep getting better and better.
    The band’s latest, “Medicine at Midnight,” drops Friday and is its 10th studio album. The release was delayed because of the pandemic so we will get to see if it was worth the wait.
    Cristela Alonzo attends the International Myeloma Foundation's 12th Annual Comedy Celebration at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on November 3, 2018, a Los Angeles.

    Comico, actress and writer Cristela Alonzo hosts the true crime podcastChicano Squad.
    It tells the story of how 40 years ago a series of unsolved murders in Houston’s Latino community led to the formation of the city’s first all-Latino homicide squad. The five young officers had very little experience and resources at a time their community was suffering both discrimination and abuse from police.
    Chicano Squadis streaming now.
    One thing to talk about:
    The late Dustin Diamond played Screech on "Saved by the Bell."

    La morte di “Salvato dalla campanella” star Dustin Diamond Monday at the age of 44 came as not only a shock, but also a painful reminder of yet another child star who struggled with early fame.
    Beloved as Screech on the popular high school comedy, Diamond never quite found the same amount of success after the show ended.
    Il suo 2009 libro “Behind the Bellput him at odds with some of his costars due to the backstage tea he spilled. He went on to perform stand-up and appear in reality shows, while some of his former costars continued acting.
    There were also legal issues, which added to his woes. Diamond’s death just weeks after revealing his battle with cancer and at such a young age ends any possibility of a different ending to his professional story.

    Something to sip on

    A video of country music star Morgan Wallen has surfaced in which he reportedly used a racial slur.

    quando the backlash hit country music artist Morgan Wallen after video of him using a racial slur had surfaced, two camps sprang up.
    There were those in country music whose attitude wasWe’re better than thisand those who felt that “In realtà, we are not.
    Mickey Guyton is a Black country artist whose songBlack Like Me stirred conversation last year about racism in the genre. She tweeted on Wednesday regarding the Wallen controversy: “When I read comments saying ‘this is not who we areI laugh because this is exactly who country music is.
    She should know, given the racism that has been hurled her way.
    And Guyton isn’t the only one who spoke up.
      Grammy-winning artist Maren Morris has long been an ally of the Black community and tweeted It actually IS representative of our town because this isn’t his first ‘scuffleand he just demolished a huge streaming record last month regardless. We all know it wasn’t his first time using that word.
      Wallen quickly lost the support of radio, his record label and others, but the issue is so much bigger than just him. Here’s hoping this incident sparks the hard and necessary conversations and actions needed in the music industry.

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