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DONALD TRUMP ANGERS ASIANS AND ASIAN AMERICANS

China's Great Wall
China’s Great Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about Mexicans continue to wreak havoc on his business relationships, first with Univision, then NBC Universal, and now Macy’s. All have severed their ties with the presidential candidate.

Now, he has also angered Asians and Asian Americans for proposing to build a “great wall” on the U.S. southern border to keep Mexicans out.

Asians took offense with the comment, saying that Trump practically disrespected one of the world’s greatest wonders — the Great Wall of China — and what it represents.

The Great Wall — or the majority of it — was built during China’s Ming Dynasty, considered one of the greatest eras of orderly government and social stability in human history. “In using a reference to the Great Wall in his misguided tirade against what he believed to be Mexican rapists, drug addicts and criminals, Trump has belittled  a world symbol of greatness, determination and resiliency,” a spokesperson for an Asian American coalition said.

So, not only has Trump lost the Latino vote, but also the Asian American vote. Ironically, a new poll shows Trump surging to second place behind former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in the crowded race for the Republication nomination for president.

Maybe, his message of keeping America free of non-white people is resonating with many conservative voters?

ASIAN AMERICAN GROUPS UPSET ABOUT THE CASTING OF EMMA STONE IN ‘ALOHA’ TURN THE HEAT ON BEAUTY PAGEANTS

From top left, clockwise: Stone, Miyamoto, Young and Wurtzbach
From top left, clockwise: Stone, Miyamoto, Young and Wurtzbach

HOLLYWOOD, California ( The Adobo Chronicles) – Frustrated that their protest about the casting of Emma Stone as a quarter Chinese and quarter Hawaiian in the film, ‘Aloha’ is not getting as much mileage as they had hoped, Asian American groups are turning the heat on international beauty pageants to make their point.

The groups are crying ‘foul’ about director-writer Cameron Crowe’s decision to cast a red-haired, blue-eyed white actress to play the half Asian-Hawaiian and part Swedish Allison Ng in the film.

In a joint press statement issued today, the groups likened Stone’s casting to:

  • 2014 Miss World from the Philippines, Megan Young, who looks more Caucasian than Filipino and whose name is anything but Filipino.
  • 2015 Miss Universe-Japan, Ariana Miyamoto, whose features are more black than Japanese (Miyamoto was born to a Japanese mother and a black father).
  • 2015 Miss Universe-Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach who, despite looking like a Filipina, is half-German, as evidenced by her surname.

“It’s about time films and beauty pageants reflect the true features and identities of the characters or contestants they are supposed to ethnically represent,” the groups said.

Neither Crowe nor the pageant organizers could be reached for comment.

 

‘ALOHA’ DIRECTOR CAMERON CROWE TO CRITICS: WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

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Emma Stone plays the role of Allison Ng in the newly-released film, “Aloha”

HOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Cameron Crowe, director of ‘Aloha,’ is finally breaking his silence and is responding to the long list of criticism regarding the absence of Asians and Pacific Islanders in this newly-released film set in Hawaii.

Native Hawaiians are protesting the use of their most sacred and revered word as the title of the film which had nothing to do with the local culture. Asian Americans have also criticized the fact that the stellar cast of ‘Aloha’ does not include a single Asian American actor. The most recent criticism of the film is that a white actress (Emma Stone) was cast as Allison Ng who is supposed to be part Hawaiian and part Chinese.

Crowe did not address the choice of the film’s title but mentioned that Stone’s character was supposed to be also part Swedish. More importantly, Crowe said that “No Hawaiians or Asians were harmed during the filming of ‘Aloha,’ so what’s the big deal?”