This pretty much sums up how I feel about the whitewashing of Hollywood. Waiting for something to happen, puts us as the Asian American community in a vulnerable spot. Instead, We should look towards the online media! Youtube has provided a space where creators can make what they want, when they want, how they want, and with whoever they want. Even if you aren’t a creator, support the amazing Asian American content online!
Real talk tomorrow if you’re in LA you have the opportunity to watch an independent film that supports african American and asian american (korean american) talent. Justin Chon (aka J-lite from BGA lol) created this film which is set in the LA ktown riots, something he knows of personally because his father owned a store that was looted in the riots. David so also stars in the film, if you’re familiar with his work on youtube. And up and coming african american actor and actresses such as curtis cook jr. And Simone Baker.
If you’re someone who constantly complains about lack of diversity in film i really feel you need to come out and support this. On August 25th Gook will be available in more theaters nationwide. BUT, if you want it to be more accessible those seats need to be filled. If not for supporting the movement do it to learn something about the riots, do it because it actually received great reviews from several critics and at sundance.