HOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Los Angeles Bureau) – Asian Americans have long criticized the lack of Asian American lead actors and actresses in Hollywood films and on prime time television.
They protested when Emma Stone was cast in the role of a quarter Hawaiian in the film, ‘Aloha.’ With the release of the new Disney film, ‘Moana,’ they are not happy about how Polynesia was portrayed as an encompassing race. They are angry that in the film, ‘Doctor Strange,’ a character that had originated in comic books as a Tibetan monk was reimagined as a Celtic mystic played by Tilda Swinton.
When “Fresh Off The Boat” made it to prime time TV, they said, “it was about time.” When a Filipino American became the love interest of a white womn in “My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, they were titillated.
Now, Asian Americans are again complaining after Michelle Yeoh was cast in ‘Star Trek: Discovery.’
‘Discovery,’ the name of the show’s main ship, marks the franchise’s return to the small screen since ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ concluded in 2005.
Yeoh is best known for her role in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.’
In in new upcoming series, Yeoh is set to play the character of Han Bo, Captain of the USS Shenzhou.
In criticizing Yeoh’s casting, Asian American activists said that they are unhappy about her role as the captain of a ship other than Discovery. “It seems the show’s producers think the seasoned Asian actress is not capable of being the captain of the main ship, and that’s why they cast her to be the leader of a lesser ship,” they said.
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