Madison’s First Asian-American Film Festival Kicks Off With Sci-Fi And Thrillersby The Daily Eye Team October 6 2015, 4:05 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 41 secs
For his film “Aloha,” writer-director Cameron Crowe wrote a character whose ethnic background was one-quarter Hawaiian and half-Chinese. The actress cast for the film was… Emma Stone. Redheaded, pink-cheeked, absolutely not-Asian Emma Stone.
It’s an ongoing problem in Hollywood. In addition to a lack of quality Asian-American roles in film and television, Asian-American actors aren’t always chosen for those that are available. USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication released a study earlier this year that said that, of the 100 top-grossing films in 2014, 40 of them had no Asian-American actors whatsoever. (The picture looks brighter on television recently, especially with the success of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” the first American sitcom featuring an all-Asian cast.)