HOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – One of the biggest criticism about the newly-released film, ‘Aloha,’ is the casting of Emma Stone as a ‘hapa,’ a Hawaiian term that refers to someone who is of mixed heritage.
Stone plays the role of Allison Ng (pronounced ‘ING’), a U.S. Air Force pilot who is a quarter Chinese, a quarter Hawaiian, and a quarter Swedish. (Stone, in real life, is part Swedish.)
Asian American groups have protested the fact that the character was not played by an actress of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage.
The film’s director, Cameron Crowe (‘Jerry McGuire’) maintained that because of her Swedish heritage, Stone was a perfect fit for the role.
Critics, however, continue to be puzzled by a missing link to the character of Allison Ng. “If Ng is supposed to be a quarter Chinese, a quarter Hawaiian, and a quarter Swedish, what race or ethnicity is the remainding quarter? ” the critics asked.
Crowe could not give a response and referred media questions to the film’s writer.
Oh wait, Crowe IS the writer.