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anonymous asked:

given how so much of star wars was inspired by asian culture and philosophy, i've waited a long time to see respectful asian representation in star wars franchise instead of a few seconds of screentime, especially asian ladies. besides the asian actors in rogue one, i'm also very happy about kelly having a main role in the upcoming movie.

this message makes me so happy! you’re absolutely right, it was a late call but still i’m thrilled it happened and kelly is hopefully going to be the start of something amazing! i had no hope for kk’s future choices tbh but seeing how well kelly was welcomed among the fans during swco and after, i bet even she will realize what an important thing is to get represented!

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Marvel almost cast Asian-American actor Lewis Tan as Danny Rand in ‘Iron Fist’

  • If you were able to stomach at least eight episodes of Netflix’s underwhelming and critically panned Marvel series Iron Fist, you would’ve seen the actor who almost got the lead role of Danny Rand. 
  • Asian-American actor Lewis Tan plays the villain Zhou Cheng in episode eight — a character with an exuberant fighting style.
  • In an interview with Vulture, published Monday, Tan talked about how he originally auditioned for the role of Danny, an arduous process in which he was brought back for several readings. 
  • Tan says he believed he had a good chance, considering his martial arts background and the fact that they asked him about his availability — typically, a precursor for getting the gig. 
  • Eventually, Tan wasn’t given the role, but was offered the chance to play Zhou Cheng. But he — like many Marvel fans — saw it as a missed opportunity for Marvel. Read more (3/21/17 9:34 AM)

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Representation at it’s best

Magnus Bane: Bisexual Male of Color who is unapologetically himself, also portrayed by the beautiful Harry Shum Jr. an Asian American actor and a MOC.

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Alec Lightwood: An openly gay man  

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Malec: A healthy same sex relationship

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Raphael Santiago: An CANON Asexual character who is expressive of his sexuality

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Izzy Lightwood: A strong woman who is in every way equal to her male peers being portrayed by the lovely Emeraude Toubia who is half Latina and half Lebanese.

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SImon Lewis: A jewish vampire, portrayed perfectly by Alberto Rosende who is Latino

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Luke Garroway: played by Isaiah Mustafa who is a Black actor portraying an originally white character.

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Not only the main cast but the recurring cast is also vastly diverse

Maia Roberts

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Maryse Lightwood

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Meliorn

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Victor Aldertree

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Raj 

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SHADOWHUNTERS IS A WORK OF ART

Suggestion: Instead of seeing Gh*st in the Sh*ll, watch the anime or animated films! Or even better! Go watch Power Rangers because it stars two up and coming Asian actors Naomi Scott and Ludi Lin who get way more screen time than any other Asian superheroes I’ve seen in any X-Men movie! And it’s super fun and nostalgic and a good time!

Asians in Hollywood: TV Renewed/Cancelled/Pick Up Masterlist

This list will be consistently updated until the status of TV shows starring Asians have been determined (also if we missed anything, please send us a message and we’ll add it asap).

ABC:

Renewed

  • American Housewife - Starring Ali Wong
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Starring Chloe Bennet and Ming-Na Wen
  • Fresh Off the Boat - Starring Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, and Lucille Soong
  • Modern Family (2 seasons renewal) - Starring Aubrey Anderson-Emmons
  • Designated Survival - Starring Maggie Q and Kal Penn

Cancelled

  • Dr. Ken - Starring Ken Jeong, Suzy Nakamura Albert Tsai, Krista Marie Yu

Picked Up

  • Start Up - Starring Tiya Sircar
  • Inhumans - Starring Mike Moh and Ken Leung
  • Deception - Starring Justin Chon
  • Splitting Up Together - Starring Bobby Lee and Kelsey Asbille (aka Kelsey Chow)

Unknown

  • Quantico - Starring Priyanka Chopra and Yasmine Al Massri

CBS:

Renewed

  • The Big Bang Theory - Starring Kunal Nayyar
  • Hawaii Five-O - Starring Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Masi Oka

Cancelled

  • 2 Broke Girls - Starring Matthew Moy

Unknown

  • Elementary - Starring Lucy Liu
  • Pure Genius - Starring Brenda Song

The CW

Renewed

  • The 100 - Starring Bob Morley and Christopher Larkin
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - Starring Vincent Rodriguez III
  • iZombie - Starring Rahul Kohli
  • The Originals - Starring Charles Michael Davis
  • Riverdale - Starring Charles Melton (will be replacing Ross Butler in season 2)

Fox:

Cancelled

  • Pitch - Starring Mark Paul-Gosselaar and Tim Jo

Picked Up

  • The Gifted - Starring Jamie Chung

Unknown

  • New Girl - Starring Hannah Simone

NBC:

Renewed

  • Chicago Med - Starring Brian Tee
  • The Good Place - Starring Jameela Jamil and Manny Jacinto
  • Superstore - Starring Nichole Bloom and Nico Santos

Cancelled

  • Powerless - Starring Vanessa Hudgens and Danny Pudi

Picked Up

  • Reverie - Starring Sarah Shahi, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Jessica Lu
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There was a huge push from Asian-Americans to cast an Asian-American actor as Iron Fist, and it would have made this story more compelling for precisely the reasons you’re saying: The narrative of having an Asian-American going back to Asia after losing his parents as a metaphor for regaining power is a really great one. It feels like a missed opportunity.
It is a missed opportunity. That’s exactly how I feel about it, word for word. It would’ve been a brave thing to do, for sure, for Marvel. I can see how that was difficult to make that decision. I think, personally, it would’ve paid off. But I think it’ll come next because people are feeling underrepresented. People are like, “Yo, this was a perfect opportunity to represent us.” They chose not to, and it’s not even their fault. I see why they stuck to the source material because it’s very risky to move away from that, but they’ll move away from it in other areas and in other shows where they’ll take an Asian character and make him white. So you can’t really win with that argument. Because we’ve seen many times when they’ve taken Asian characters and made him white.

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“My goal is to break through Hollywood, with a different image of Asian actors and Asian faces, and to break through that stereotype of ‘little Asians’. I definitely want to make that connection — something hopefully bold and loud — between Hollywood and Asia. I hope we will see Asian men in lead roles, instead of small parts.” – Godfrey Gao