Changing my last name doesn’t change the fact that my BLOOD is half Chinese, that I lived in China, speak mandarin, or that I was culturally raised both American and Chinese. It means I had to pay my rent, and Hollywood is racist and wouldn’t cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable. I’m doing everything I can, with the platform I have, to make sure no one has to change their name again, just so they can work.
“[Being a successful Asian actress in Hollywood] For me, it goes deeper than just the casting of Asians in Hollywood. Authenticity is important throughout the creative process. Most of the content for Asians in created by white men. We are more than just nerds, nail technicians, Kung-fu masters, doctors, etc. It’s important that we have Asian stories written and depicted by Asian artists.”
─ Chloe Bennet for A Book Of Magazine (2018)